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Engrossed Version House Concurrent Resolution 15 History

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ENGROSSED

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 15

(By Delegates Iaquinta, Anderson, Argento, Ashley, Barker, Brown, Cann, Crosier, Ferro, Fragale, Givens, Guthrie, Ireland, Klempa, Lane, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, Mahan, Martin, McGeehan, Michael, Moore, Moye, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, D. Poling, Rodighiero, Ross, Schadler, Shaver, Smith, Spencer, Stowers, Talbott, Walker, Walters, Wells, White and Williams)



Requesting the Division of Veterans Affairs to name the new West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery to be constructed near the West Virginia State Police Academy near Institute, in Kanawha County, "THE DONEL KINNARD VETERANS CEMETERY."

Whereas, Donel Kinnard was born on April 5, 1936, in Logan, the son of Clifford Kinnard and Emmalene Kinnard; and

Whereas, Donel Kinnard was a resident of Putnam County
and was married to Rebecca McCann Kinnard; and
Whereas, Upon graduation from Milton High School, Don entered the United States Marine Corps on July 28, 1954; and
Whereas, After twenty-two years of military service, Don retired from military service on July 27, 1974, having first served in the United States Marine Corps and then serving in the United States Navy, where he served with the UDT and the SEALS team; and
Whereas, Donel Kinnard was the most highly decorated Veteran in Putnam County, having served 7 tours of duty in Vietnam and was a recipient of the Navy Cross, the Navy's highest medal, along with seven Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and many other medals, commendations and citations; and
Whereas, After retirement from the military, Don continued his outstanding service to his country and fellow citizens and veterans; he was the past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, past district commander of the VFW, past post commander of the VFW and past president of the Hurricane Lions Club; and
Whereas, Donel Kinnard was a member of the Legion of Valor, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, UDT-SEAL Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Cooties; and
Whereas, Donel Kinnard played an instrumental role in the establishment of a $32 million
, one hundred twenty bed nursing facility for veterans in Clarksburg; and
Whereas, Donel Kinnard was serving as Chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Council, Chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home Committee and Chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Cemetery Committee; and
Whereas, Donel Kinnard died on February 14, 2009
, and before his death on February 14, 2009, Don asked that his final resting place be at the new West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery near Institute; and
Whereas, It is fitting that the new West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery be named for Donel, in recognition of his uncommon valor and exemplary service to his country, to his fellow veterans, his community and his native state
; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Veterans Affairs to name the new West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery to be constructed near the West Virginia State Police Academy near Institute, in Kanawha County, "THE DONEL KINNARD VETERANS CEMETERY";
and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to Donel's wife, Rebecca McCann Kinnard and other family members; Keith Gwinn, Director of the Division of Veterans Affairs and James Spears, Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
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