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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9

(By Senators Stollings, Kirkendoll and Unger)




Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge crossing the Little Coal River in Danville, Boone County, bridge number 3-85/8-0.37, the "Naval Chief Boatswain Fred L. Byrnside and Army Captain Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside Memorial Bridge".
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside and his wife, Dora Jo Byrnside, were both military veterans who served their country proudly; and
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside had a long and distinguished Naval career, serving active duty from January 1938 until October 1955, and then in the Reserves until 1966. He retired with the rank of Chief Boatswain; and
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside served in World War II and was captured by the Japanese in 1942. During his captivity, Fred endured unspeakable atrocities and hardships at the hands of the Japanese, including the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippines. Fred was held prisoner in the Funatsu prisoner-of-war camp until the war's end in 1945; and
     Whereas, By the grace of God, Fred Byrnside survived his ordeals, when all at home believed him to have been killed. But when Fred was liberated from that prison camp, he still felt the call to service. When others may have felt they had done enough, or had endured enough on behalf of their country, Fred chose to reenlist and continue serving the county he so loved; and
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside was proud of his service in the United States Navy, and while he seldom talked about the horrors he endured as a prisoner, he was always ready to relate stories of his other military experiences and what it meant to be a member of the United States Navy; and
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Defense Service Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, Army Distinguished Unit Badge with One Oak Leaf Cluster, American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, China Service Ribbon, Victory Ribbon of World War II, Pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbon with one Bronze Star; and Presidential Unit Citation; and
     Whereas, Dora Jo Chambers graduated from Marshall College in 1941, and joined the United States Army (WAC) in 1943. She served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and served in New Guinea and the Philippines; and
     Whereas, During her service in the United States Army, Dora Jo Chambers was promoted to the rank of Captain, which was a notable accomplishment for a young woman at that time; and
     Whereas, Dora Jo Chambers was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation and Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Service Medal; and
     Whereas, Fred Byrnside and Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside were married after Dora Jo's tour of duty ended in 1946, and they returned home to Danville in 1955 when Fred retired from active duty. Fred served as the postmaster at the Danville Post Office, while Dora Jo raised their children and later taught at Scott High School when the children were grown; and
     Whereas, Fred Lincoln Byrnside passed away on January 3, 1980, and Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside passed away on January 3, 2010. They are survived by their children, Fred Byrnside and wife, Emma, of Danville, Ellajo Thompson of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Lois Byrnside of Dunedin, Florida; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; and
     Whereas, It is only fitting that we so honor Fred and Dora Jo Byrnside for their dedicated and selfless service to their country, and for their contributions to the town of Danville and Boone County; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the bridge crossing the Little Coal River in Danville, Boone County, bridge number 3-85/8-0.37, the "Naval Chief Boatswain Fred L. Byrnside and Army Captain Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside 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 "Naval Chief Boatswain Fred L. Byrnside and Army Captain Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside 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 and to the children of Fred and Dora Jo Byrnside.
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