HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 89
(By Delegates Stephens, Reynolds, Morgan, Sobonya,
C. Miller and Craig)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name the 4-H Camp Bridge on County Road 42 at Barboursville, Cabell County, bridge number 06-42-9.34, the “PFC Rodney Kent Ranson Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Rodney Kent Ranson was born on November 18, 1948, at Huntington, Cabell County, the son of Manford Kirby Ranson and Thelma Frances McCoy Ranson. He was educated in Cabell County graduating from Barboursville High School, Barboursville, Cabell County in 1965. He attended Marshall University before entering the Army in February 1969. Rodney Kent Ranson married Linda Sue Sexton in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, in February, 1969; and
Whereas, PFC Rodney Kent Ranson began his tour of duty on July 28, 1969, with the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, near the Cambodian border. He was killed in action on November 20, 1969, in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, while on a protective reaction mission with his platoon. He was survived by his widow, Linda Sue Sexton Ranson, his mother and father, Manford and Thelma Ranson, a sister, and two brothers; and
Whereas, PFC Rodney Kent Ranson was described by those who served with him as an exemplary soldier whose enthusiasm and devotion to duty marked him as an outstanding soldier. He commanded the respect of his superiors as well as his fellow platoon members and a soldier who died gallantly serving his country. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism, Air Medal, Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal. Prior to his death, PFC Rodney Kent Ranson had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar and the Marksman Badge with machine gun and automatic rifle bars. PFC Rodney Kent Ranson died in the service of his nation, two days after his twenty-first birthday. As President Richard Nixon wrote in his condolences letter to PFC Ranson’s widow “The only consolation I can offer is the profound respect of the nation he died to serve, and the humble recognition of a sacrifice no man can measure and no words can describe. Those who give their own lives to make freedom of others possible live forever in honor.” The sacrifice of PFC Rodney Kent Ranson and his dedication and commitment to his family, community, state and country served as a great example to us all and should not go unnoticed; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the 4-H Camp Bridge on County Road 42 at Barboursville, Cabell County, bridge number 06-42-9.34, the “PFC Rodney Kent Ranson Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “PFC Rodney Kent Ranson Memorial Bridge”; 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 and to the surviving family of PFC Rodney Kent Ranson.