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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12

(By Senators Barnes, Helmick, Tucker, Unger, Kessler (Mr. President) and Klempa)

 

 

 

Requesting that the Division of Highways name bridge number 42-35-5.78 on County Route 35 in Cassity, Randolph County, West Virginia, the “Major Arnold James Zirkle Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle was born February 5, 1939 to Arnold Kermit Zirkle and Ester Gaye Westfall Zirkle, and was raised in Cassity, Randolph County, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Upon graduating from Coalton High School, Major Arnold James Zirkle enlisted into the United States Army on December 3, 1959; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle was a career Army officer who served during the Vietnam War with the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment “L” and “HQ” Troops; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat ”V” for distinguished service, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, the Parachute Badge, the Republic of Vietnam Army Badge, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Good Conduct Medal; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle attained the rank of major on August 8, 1975; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle’s father Arnold Kermit Zirkle, his uncles, Arden Austin Zirkle, Alson Howard Zirkle, Armond Ulysses Zirkle, Ariel Cleston Zirkle and Aryus Kilmer Zirkle and brother-in-law Merl Keith Fox served in the United States Army, all residents of Randolph County; and

    Whereas, After his retirement from the Army, Major Arnold James Zirkle worked for the West Virginia Department of Transportation and was a member of the St. Brendan Catholic Church; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle passed away on November 12, 2010 and is interred in the American Legion’s Little Arlington Cemetery near Elkins; and

    Whereas, Major Arnold James Zirkle served his country and his state with honor and distinction; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 42-35-5.78 on County Route 35 in Cassity, Randolph County, West Virginia, the “Major Arnold James Zirkle Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “Major Arnold James Zirkle Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways; Major Arnold James Zirkle’s wife, Gayle S. Swihart Zirkle of Buckhannon, West Virginia; daughters, Joyce Weiskircher of Hurricane, West Virginia and Nikki Ortuglio of Baltimore, Maryland; his son, Gary George; and sister, Carrol Zirkle Fox of Cassity.

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