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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 61 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 61

(By Delegates Gearheart, Ellington and Frazier)

 

 

 

Requesting that a three mile portion of Mercer County Route 20 from Littlesburg, West Virginia to New Hope, West Virginia be named the “CPL Lonnie B. Hylton, Jr. Memorial Highway.”

    Whereas, Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. was born on Walton Avenue, Bluefield, West Virginia to Lonnie and Rosa Hylton; and

    Whereas, Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. attended Whitehorn school, and following his family’s move to Littlesburg, West Virginia, attended Central Point and Glenwood schools; and

    Whereas, After high school CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. joined the United States Army. His first assignment was with Company “C”, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division, 8th Army stationed at Camp Chickamuga, Japan as part of the post-WWII occupation forces; and

    Whereas, In early July 1950, when hostilities broke out on the Korean peninsula, CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr.s’ 19th Regiment was shipped to South Korea and placed in a defensive position south of the Kum River; and

    Whereas, On July 14th, 1950, North Korean troops crossed the Kum River with overwhelming numbers and engaged the troops of the 19th Regiment; and

    Whereas, Of the 189 men in the 19th Regiment, only 55 survived to see morning break on July 17, 1950; and

    Whereas, As a result of the engagement at Hum River, CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. was listed as missing-in-action for the next four years; and

    Whereas, CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr.s’ remains were found in September 1954 and his status was changed from missing-in action to killed-in-action; and

    Whereas, CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr.s’ remains were returned to West Virginia and he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, United Nations Service, National Defense, Korean Service, and Korean Defense Service medals in addition to the Combat Infantry Badge; and

    Whereas, On that fateful day in July 1950, CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. gave his last full measure of devotion to his country and to his comrades-in-arms; and

    Whereas, It is only fitting and proper that this section of highway be named in his honor, and that it henceforth stand as a permanent memorial so that CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr.s’ supreme sacrifice will not be forgotten; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name a three mile portion of Mercer County Route 20 between Littlesburg, West Virginia to New Hope, West Virginia, the ”CPL Lonnie B. Hylton, Jr. Memorial Road”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed, signs identifying this section of the highway as the “CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. Memorial Road”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the family of CPL Lonnie B. Hylton Jr. and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

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