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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 59 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 59

(By Delegates Paxton, Poore, P. Smith, Skaff, Young, Eldridge, Fleischauer, Lynch, Sponaugle and Hartman)



Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 40-62-20.63 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia, the "Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson Memorial Bridge, United States Army".
     Whereas, Gerry Glen Simpson was born on September 17, 1947, in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia; and
     Whereas, Gerry Glen Simpson enlisted in the United States Army in 1967, and was deployed to Vietnam this same year; and
     Whereas, Gerry Glen Simpson was viewed by his commanders as a leader and, within a short time period, became a corporal and leader of soldiers; and
     Whereas, Corporal Simpson was killed in action on November 23, 1967, dying from multiple fragmentation wounds in Dinh Tuong, Vietnam; and
     Whereas, Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson was awarded several medals and honors for his valor, leadership and courage including the Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with device, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross; and
     Whereas, On that fateful day in November, 1967, Corporal Simpson gave his young life and his last full measure of devotion to his country and to his comrades-in-arms; and
     Whereas, It is only fitting and proper that a bridge be named in his honor and that it henceforth stand as a permanent memorial so that Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson's supreme sacrifice for our nation will not be forgotten; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Division of Highways name the bridge number 40-62- 20.63 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia, the "Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson Memorial Bridge, United States Army"; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the "Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson Memorial Bridge, United States Army"; 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, to the Mayor of Buffalo and to Corporal Gerry Glen Simpson's family: brother Eldie D. Simpson; sisters Geneva Persinger, Janice Mitchell and Faye Fearls; and, daughter, Sheila Hammond.
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