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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29

(By Senators Wells, McCabe, Palumbo, Walters and Stollings)

 

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge designated bridge number 20-64-54.37 the “Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess Bridge”.

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was born on May 21, 1921, in Buena Vista, Virginia; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was inducted into the United States Army on August 6, 1942, at the age of twenty-one; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess spent eleven months overseas, serving in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany during the Second World War; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was a member of Company D of the 377th Infantry Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division organized in Texas; and

    Whereas, The members of the 95th Infantry Division are known as the “Iron Men of Metz”, and renowned for fighting back fierce German counterattacks and for the eventual liberation of the town of Metz, in the northeast of France; and

    Whereas, The people of Metz, and of France, have never forgotten the contributions of the Iron Men of Metz; and

    Whereas, In honor of his service, which included maintaining and repairing weapons of an infantry heavy weapons company, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was honored by the French government with the Orde National de la Legion d’Honneur, presented to him in a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D. C.; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was also honored by the United States Army with a Good Conduct Medal, three Bronze Service Stars, France and Germany Theater Ribbons and an American Theater Ribbon; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess was honorably discharged from the United States Army on November 11, 1945; and

    Whereas, Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess returned to the United States, where he worked for thirty-eight years as a millwright at Union Carbide until his retirement; and

    Whereas, It is fitting and proper that the outstanding service to his country by Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess be honored by naming the bridge designated bridge number 20-64-54.37 the “Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess Bridge”; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the bridge designated bridge number 20-64-54.37, the “Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess 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 “Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess.

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