HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 100
(By Delegates R. Phillips, Rodighiero, Stowers and Butcher)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 23-16-3.92 on Buffalo Creek Road at the Braeholm Straight Stretch, known as the “Braeholm Bridge”, in Logan County, the “Donald J. Bragg Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Donald J. Bragg was born on October 27, 1937, the son of Valentine and Caroline Bragg at Latrobe West Virginia. He had ten siblings: Charles Bragg, Jamie Bragg, Bobby Bragg, Danny Bragg, Larry Bragg, Kenny Bragg, Shirley Hollis, Frances Scaggs, Diana Brown, and Drema Stepp. All seven sons serving in the Armed Forces; and
Whereas, Donald J. Bragg, as a young man, worked as a custodian at the Guyan Eagle Grill at Amherstdale, West Virginia. Donald enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 23 and served his country for nine years. During his military service, Donald was stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky, Fort Devens Massachusetts, Fort Riley Kansas, and the 38th parallel in Korea. He was called to serve his country in the Republic of Vietnam in January 1967 until January 1968 as a Combat Engineer assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade. He distinguished himself during his tour in Vietnam through tireless devotion to duty and gallantry, receiving The Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces in that conflict. He also received The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star attachment, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with device (1960), The Good Conduct Medal and Expert Rifle. After his tour in Vietnam, Donald was assigned to burial detail as a Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the burial of Killed in Action servicemen returning from Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from active duty on March 5, 1969, as an E-6 Staff Sergeant. Donald J. Bragg was a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and a proud lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and
Whereas, While serving his country, Donald J. Bragg, started his own family with Eunice R. Adkins of Robinette. They married and raised eight children: Jimmy Ray Adkins, Charles Edward Urconis, Ricky Gene Bragg, Randy Lee Bragg, Trina Michele Bragg, Donald Gene Bragg, Randall Lee Bragg and Kent Valentine Bragg. Eventually there were twenty-one wonderful grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Donald was always a proud veteran and good employee stemming from the values placed on him from his childhood. He was a valuable employee and trusted confidante. He was employed after his military service with C.H. Jimerson Construction Company, helped start Tridelphia Bit Company and was the shop foreman for many years. Donald eventually co-founded and became a business owner himself of B&B Bit Company at Amherstdale, West Virginia. All his life Donald was a proud father, devoted family man, outstanding provider, and wonderful husband. Donald fought one final battle in his life losing it to cancer on February 7, 2009. His contributions to his country, state and community should not go unnoticed; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name bridge number 23-16-3.92 on Buffalo Creek Road at the Braeholm Straight Stretch, known as the “Braeholm Bridge”, in Logan County, the “Donald J. Bragg Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “Donald J. Bragg Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the surviving family of Donald J. Bragg.