HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 119
(By Delegates Cadle, Lynch, Folk, Cooper, Iaquinta, Arvon, Westfall, Ambler, Anderson, Andes, Armstead, Ashley, Border, Butler, Canterbury, Cowles, Ellem, Espinosa, Evans, D., Gearheart, Hamrick, Howell, Lane, McCuskey, Nelson, E., O'Neal, Paxton, Raines, Smith, R., Sumner, Walters and Williams)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 27-62-37.01 on Route 62 in Hartford, Mason County, the “US Army Corporal John L. Gibbs Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Corporal John Leslie Gibbs was born on November 1, 1944, one of twelve children born to the late Charles and Sadie Gibbs of Hartford, Mason County, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Corporal John L. Gibbs entered the United States Army on August 23, 1966. As a Private First Class, he was serving as a member of Company B, 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, one of the forward elements of the United Nations Command enforcing the Korean Armistice of 1953. On July 16, 1967, PFC John L. Gibbs was in a foxhole south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone when his position was suddenly attacked by North Korean infiltrators under the cover of dense fog and darkness. A furious fire fight erupted and PFC John L. Gibbs and two of his fellow soldiers were killed; and
Whereas, On July 15, 1967, PFC John L. Gibbs was posthumously promoted to the grade of Corporal, and was awarded the Purple Heart on August 10, 1967, for wounds received in action in Korea resulting in his death; and
Whereas, It is fitting and proper, that US Army Corporal John L. Gibbs be remembered and acknowledged for his dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice to his country; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 27-62-37.01 on Route 62 in Hartford, Mason County, the “US Army Corporal John L. Gibbs Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “US Army Corporal John L. Gibbs Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and to the surviving family of Corporal John L. Gibbs.