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Engrossed Version House Concurrent Resolution 18 History

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ENGROSSED

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 18

(By Delegates Butcher, Eldridge, Stowers and Rodighiero)




Requesting the Division of Highways name both the northbound and southbound bridge along U.S. 119 straddling the Little Coal River between Lincoln County and Kanawha County, just south of the Lincoln County Route 1/2- McCorkle exit, identified as bridge number 20-119-1.06 "3174", the "Chief Master Sergeant George Wallace Hedrick, Jr. Bridge".

Whereas, George Wallace Hedrick, Jr.
was born in Ivy Branch, Boone County, West Virginia in September of 1924, the eldest son of George W. and Lella Hedrick Watson and Edna Holstein; and
Whereas, The place of George's birth is located in close proximity to said bridges straddling the Little Coal River; and
Whereas, George spent his formative years in beautiful and rugged mountains of West Virginia, and attended East Bank High School; and
Whereas, When the United States became an arsenal for democracy during World War II, George became one of many proud West Virginians who served his country, and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (which eventually became the United States Air Force) on March 28, 1943; and
Whereas, George had an exemplary career as a pilot of both B-24 and B-29 bombers, and rising from Private First Class to Chief Master Sergeant, and served in such capacity throughout the world from Frankfort, Germany to Tokyo, Japan; and
Whereas, George retired from the United States Air Force with honors from his country on June 1, 1964; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia :
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the
bridges along U.S. 119 straddling the Little Coal River between Lincoln County and Kanawha County, just south of the Lincoln County Route 1/2- McCorkle exit, identified as bridge number 20-119-1.06 "3174", the "Chief Master Sergeant George Wallace Hedrick, Jr. Bridge", to honor George Wallace Hedrick, Jr. for his service and sacrifice to his community and his country; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying said bridges as the "Chief Master Sergeant George Wallace Hedrick, Jr. Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerks of both houses forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the family of George Wallace Hedrick, Jr.
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