SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 25
(By Senators K. Facemyer, Klempa and Beach)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name a portion of West Virginia Route 62 in Mason County from the New Haven corporate limit, mile point 38.43, to the Bridge of Honor in Mason, mile point 33.36, the “1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II Memorial Highway”.
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was born November 28, 1974, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the son of Rebecca Ann Paugh Coleman, from New Haven, West Virginia, and Robert Nicholas Barton, who grew up in Mason, West Virginia; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II loved football (especially Notre Dame) and baseball. His favorite quote, made famous by the Notre Dame Football team was, “Play like a champion today”; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was a career soldier who completed six overseas tours of duty in Bosnia (twice), Kuwait, Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II achieved the rank of First Sergeant of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was killed in action on June 7, 2010, in the Konar (Kunar) province of Afghanistan, the result of an IED explosion that claimed his life along with four other members of his company. The body of 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was located 200 miles down the Konar River on June 23, 2010; and
Whereas, Services for 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II were held on July 2, 2010, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The funeral took place at the First Baptist Church, followed by a funeral procession escorted by Patriot Guard Riders to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West, right outside Ft. Campbell, where 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was buried with full military honors; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was survived by his wife, Rebecca Barton, and stepson, Jason Wells; his mother, Rebecca Coleman; maternal grandparents, Rodra Patricia Paugh and Joseph Franklin Paugh; paternal grandparents, Doris Roberts and Robert W. Barton; Brothers, Nathaniel Coleman, Nicholas Barton and Robbie Roush; niece, Ranan Joy Barton; and nephews, Kyle Lee Boles and Phillip Carlos Hall; and
Whereas, 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. In addition, he was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, one Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Superior Unit Awards, five Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, two Armed Forces Service Medals, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, one Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Campaign Ribbons, one NATO Medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Expert Weapons Qualification Badge (M4); and
Whereas, It is fitting and proper that 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II be remembered and honored for his courageous action and ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name a portion of West Virginia Route 62 in Mason County from the New Haven corporate limit, mile point 38.43, to the Bridge of Honor in Mason, mile point 33.36, the “1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the highway as the “1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II Memorial Highway”; 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 and to the family of the late 1SG Robert Nicholas Barton II.