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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 12 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12

(By Delegates Barker, Eldridge, Rodighiero, Butcher and Stowers)




Requesting the bridge that crosses the Spruce Fork of Little Coal River at Ramage, Boone County, West Virginia, specifically bridge number 03-20-4.83(3372) 0.01 mile west of West Virginia Route 17, be named "Sebert S. Duty Memorial Bridge."

Whereas, Sebert S. Duty was born June 27, 1911 and raised in the sight of the bridge in Ramage, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Sebert attended primary school in Boone County, worked on Public Works Programs during the Depression and was a coal miner and farmer. Before entering the Army, he was married to the former Ethel Kuhn. They had no children; and
Whereas, Sebert entered the service of his country by conscription in 1942 when he became a member of the United States Army as Pfc. Sebert S. Duty, 35642938, Co. E. 302nd Inf. 94th Division. A devout Christian who did not believe in killing, yet he did not claim the right of conscientious objector, but like so many other West Virginians and Americans he believed that it was his duty to help defend his country. He was a good, brave and valiant soldier who made the supreme sacrifice for his country, fellow soldiers and Americans when he was killed in action during the European Theater of Operations on January 26, 1945. Sebert is now survived by a brother, Fred E. Duty, who was also in the Army at the same time and only about one hundred miles from where Sebert died, although he was unaware of this event until some time later; and
Whereas, Sebert was awarded the Rifleman's Medal and Purple Heart posthumously; and
Whereas, The service of Pfc. Sebert S. Duty during World War II and his death on the battle field exemplifies the courage and bravery of West Virginians in time of war and his service and sacrifice should not go unnoticed; it should serve as an example to each of us that "freedom is not free" and, that even when contrary to one's religious beliefs, duty to country and defense of country and freedom is sometimes necessary and required; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 03-20-4.83(3372) 0.01 mile west of West Virginia Route 17 "Sebert S. Duty Memorial Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to cause to be fabricated signs to be erected at each entryway of the bridge, containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge to be the "Sebert S. Duty 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 Fred E. Duty who is Sebert's brother.
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