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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 19 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 19

(By Delegate Miley, Queen, Waxman and Hamrick)

 [Introduced January 21, 2019]

Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 17-24-7.22 (17A148), locally known as the Meadowbrook Bridge, carrying County Route 24 over the West Fork River in Harrison County, the “U. S.  Marine Sgt. Stephen E. Drummond Memorial Bridge”.

Whereas, Stephen Edward Drummond was born January 15, 1931, in Spelter, West Virginia, the son of General Shafter Drummond and Ruby Freeman Drummond; and

Whereas, Stephen E. Drummond had three brothers, Robert, Eugene and Shafter “Brud” Drummond; and

Whereas, Stephen E. Drummond graduated from Victory High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He married Natalie Dodd, his childhood sweetheart, who was born on the same day and preceded him in death in 2009, and with whom he raised two children, daughter Ricki and son Jeff; and

Whereas, Stephen E. Drummond was drafted after high school graduation and became a proud U. S. Marine.  After required training, the young Marine saw intense combat in Korea.  One day before his tour of duty was to end in Korea, his leg was severely wounded by shrapnel at the Battle of Vegas during an intense Chinese offensive; and

Whereas, Marine Sgt. Stephen E. Drummond and other United Nations soldiers were captured and the Marine was held as a prisoner of war for four months; and

Whereas, Sgt. Drummond was released as a prisoner of war with the signing of the armistice on July 27, 1953; and

Whereas, Marine Sgt. Stephen E. Drummond was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, a United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal; and

Whereas, After returning home to Spelter, Sgt. Drummond earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College and a master’s degree from Miami University of Ohio, and began a career of more than 20 years as a mentor, coach, teacher, principal, administrator and superintendent in various school systems; and

Whereas, Following his retirement, Sgt. Drummond enjoyed traveling, visiting family members and creating and selling his invention, Tara-Lite, for which he held a design patent; and

Whereas, Sgt. Steven Edward Drummond died November 23, 2013; and

Whereas, It is fitting to dedicate an enduring memorial to Stephen Edward Drummond in recognition of his service to his country, to his community and to the teaching profession; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 17-24-7.22 (17A148), locally known as the Meadowbrook Bridge, carrying County Route 24 over the West Fork River in Harrison County, the “U. S. Marine Sgt. Stephen E. Drummond 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 as the "U. S. Marine Sgt. Stephen E. Drummond Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

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