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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16

(By Senators Edgell, Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Prezioso, Klempa and Beach)

 

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge on WV Route 82, crossing South Fork Fishing Creek in Wetzel County, bridge number 52-82-0.03, as the “Ralph Ice Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Ralph Ice was born on March 31, 1921, in Smithfield, West Virginia, one of twelve children of Esten and Flossie Bell Ice; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, and was sent to fight in Battle of the Bulge in 1944; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice was a member of the 89th Infantry Division that liberated Ohrdruf, the first Nazi concentration camp to be liberated by U. S. Troops in Germany, on April 4, 1945; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Medal, and a medal for Service Behind Enemy Lines, all earned for his brave service in Germany, England, Belgium and Austria; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice married Fairy Louise LaSure Kelley in 1946, and together they moved to Jacksonburg, WV, where they raised six children and two foster children; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice was the longest serving Postmaster of Jacksonburg, serving thirty-nine years from 1948 until 1986; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice was the President of the Jacksonburg School PTA and the Sportsman’s Club of Buffalo, and was instrumental getting the Jacksonburg streets paved; and

    Whereas, Ralph Ice and his family moved to New Martinsville in 1972, where they opened Magnolia Carpet Store; and

    Whereas, It is fitting to honor Ralph Ice for his life-long service to our nation and his community; and

    Whereas, The naming of a bridge in honor of Ralph Ice’s exemplary life is but a small gesture of gratitude and appreciation; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the bridge on WV Route 82, crossing South Fork Fishing Creek in Wetzel County, bridge number 52-82-0.03, as the “Ralph Ice 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 “Ralph Ice 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 Secretary of the Department of Transportation, the Commissioner of Highways and the family of the late Ralph Ice.

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