HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 96
(By Delegates Paxton, Andes, Barker, Evans, Hall, Hatfield, Longstreth, Martin, Moye, Nelson, ROmine and Savilla)
(Introduced February 29, 2012)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway on West Virginia Route 62 from the New Haven corporate limit, mile point 38.43 to the intersection of County Route 12, mile point 44.57, in Mason County, West Virginia, the “Fields Brothers Memorial Highway”.
Whereas, Franklin, David, Gerald, Bill, Ray, Glenn and Doc were seven of nine sons of David and Laura Fields of Hartford in Mason County, West Virginia, entered the military and served their country in World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War; and
Whereas, Franklin Fields was born June 23, 1920, entered the Navy and fought the Japanese on the Pacific during World War II. Franklin was on Okinawa when Japan surrendered. Franklin also had two sons, Eugene and Jack, who served in the Air Force; and
Whereas, David Fields Jr. was born January 15, 1922, entered the Navy and fought in the Pacific. David’s first ship, USS PC 466, sank. His second ship, USS Arthemis(AKA 21)was at the invasion of Iwo Jima, and was in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered; and
Whereas, Gerald Fields was born July 12, 1923, entered the Army and served in Germany as an ambulance driver. Gerald received the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon w/2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal World War II. He was in Germany when Germany surrendered; and
Whereas, Claude ”Bill” Fields was born June 18, 1925, entered the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. His ship, Battleship USS Mississippi, was hit by two kamikaze planes. Bill received the Pacific Theater Ribbon(6 Stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon(2 Stars). Claude was in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered. Bill’s son David also served in Vietnam; and
Whereas, Floyd “Ray” Fields was born June 27, 1929, entered the Army and served during the Korean War. Ray received the Occupation Medal Germany; and
Whereas, Glenn Fields was born January 7, 1931, entered the Air Force and served during all three supported operations during the Korean War and also served during the Vietnam War. Glenn’s son David also served in the Air Force. Glenn served his country for over twenty years; and
Whereas, Wetzel “Doc” Fields was born May 3, 1933, and entered the Air Force and served during the Korean War; and
Whereas, All of the seven brothers have passed on except for Wetzel and Glenn Fields, it is fitting and proper, for their dedicated pubic service to their country, state and community, that this stretch of highway be named to memorialize the lives of the Fields brothers; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway on West Virginia Route 62 from the New Haven corporate limit, mile point 38.43 to the intersection of County Route 12, mile point 44.57, in Mason County, West Virginia, the “Fields Brother Memorial Highway”.
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed sign identifying the highway as the “Fields Brothers Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates to forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and Wetzel and Glenn Fields.