Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 15 History

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(By Delegate Hamilton)




Requesting that bridge number 42-151-0.01 on Route 151 in the Community of Ellamore in Randolph County, West Virginia, be named the “Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn was born on November 3, 1918, in Kedron, Upshur County, West Virginia, to Chesley and Vertie Osburn, formerly Hornbeck; and

    Whereas, Technician Fifth Grade Osburn attended Fairview School, a one room school house, in Upshur County; and

    Whereas, Prior to enlisting in the United States Army, Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn was a truck driver for a lumber company in Elkins, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, While in the United States Army, Osburn served with the elite 509th parachute infantry battalion, the most decorated paratroop unit of WWII in the European Theater of operations; and

    Whereas, Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn was killed in action on August 21, 1944, in France; and

    Whereas, On August 21, 1944, the infantry company to which Technician Fifth Osburn was attached as a medical aid man was approaching a wooded ridge for attack through a deep, rockbound valley; and

    Whereas, Osburn’s company was engaged by the enemy with machine gun and artillery fire, the entire length of the valley, under circumstances which rendered it impossible to advance or withdraw; and

    Whereas, Despite repeated pleas from his comrades to be more careful, Technician Fifth Osburn worked tirelessly, going from one wounded soldier to another, exposing himself time and again to enemy sniper and machine gun fire; and

    Whereas, After removing three wounded men who lay among the rocks exposed to sniper and shell fire to safety, Osburn was mortally wounded as he attempted to aid yet another soldier; and

    Whereas, Osburn’s actions on August 21, 1944, is attributed with inspiring his company to maintain its attack until the enemy was overcome; and

    Whereas, At the direction of the President of the United States, Osburn was posthumously awarded the Silver Star “for gallantry in action”, one of the highest awards made and believed to be the first awarded to an Upshur countian; and 

    Whereas, In addition to the Silver Star, Technician Fifth Osburn was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for sacrificing his life in defense of his country; and

    Whereas, Technician Fifth Victor A. Osburn served his country and his state with gallantry, courage, honor and distinction and gave the ultimate sacrifice; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 42-151-0.01 in the Community of Ellamore, Randolph County, West Virginia, the “Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn 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 “Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways; Mr. Leslie Shreve; and Victor A. Osburn’s surviving next of kin consisting of the following nieces and nephews: Annalee Cowgar, Mary Todd, Jean Baxter, Betty Hefner, Corella Shockey, Lula May Woodring, George Ervin Osburn, James E. Osburn, Bargara Gahring, Meredith Osburn, Alma Marko, Shirleen Ramsey, Wanda Spangler, Gary Osburn, Bertha Kluskey, Beatrice Clayton, Mary Mullens, Loraine Ellett, Linda Holley, Richard Rohr, Jimmy Rohr, Martin Rohr, Janice Dunning, Norman Rohr, Hershel Lantz, Lou Ellen Renner, Ellis French Lantz, Margaret Jane Deadrick, Harold Joseph Osburn, Patricia Reger, Leslie Shreve, John Hepler, Dennis Evans, Theida Harman, Terry Evans, Jimmy Osburn and Jean Goff.

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