(By Senators Ross, Helmick, Minear, Anderson, Minard, Prezioso, Edgell, Dittmar, Sharpe, Fanning, Ball, Love, Dawson, Hunter, Mitchell, Oliverio, Unger, McCabe and Kessler)

Requesting the Division of Highways name the I-64 bridge across the Greenbrier River the "PFC Ralph E. Pomeroy, Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Memorial Bridge".

Whereas, Ralph E. Pomeroy was born March 26, 1930, at Quinwood, Greenbrier County; and

Whereas, Private First Class Pomeroy, while serving as a member of Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was seriously wounded by an enemy missile in North Korea on July 6, 1952, and returned to duty on July 28, 1952; and

Whereas, While defending his machine gun position near Kumhwa, North Korea, on October 15, 1952, Private First Class Pomeroy courageously continued to fire on attacking enemy troops so that his comrades could consolidate their position. Seriously wounded, he continued firing at the enemy and when out of ammunition, he
engaged the enemy in hand-to- hand combat until mortally wounded; and
Whereas, Private First Class Pomeroy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart posthumously for his leadership and great valor; and

Whereas, In accordance with General Order No. 97, dated December 30, 1953, the following citation was issued: "PFC Pomeroy, a machine gunner with Co. E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his comrades were consolidating on a key terrain feature, he manned a machine gun at the end of a communications trench on the forward slope to protect the platoon flank and prevent a surprise attack. When the enemy attacked through a ravine leading directly to his firing position, he immediately opened fire on the advancing troops, inflicting a heavy toll in casualties and blunting the assault. At this juncture the enemy directed intense concentrations of artillery and mortar fire on his position in an attempt to neutralize his gun. Despite withering fire and bursting shells, he maintained his heroic stand
and poured crippling fire into the ranks of the hostile force until a mortar burst severely wounded him and rendered the gun mount inoperable. Quickly removing the hot, heavy weapon, he cradled it in his arms and, moving forward with grim determination, raking the attacking forces with a hail of fire. Although wounded a second time, he pursued his relentless course until his ammunition was expended within ten feet of the foe and then using the machine gun as a club, he courageously closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until mortally wounded. PFC Pomeroy's consummate valor, inspirational actions and supreme sacrifice enabled the platoon to contain the attack and maintain the integrity of the perimeter, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service."; and
Whereas, Private First Class Pomeroy represents well all Greenbrier County veterans who have served their country; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name the I-64 bridge across the Greenbrier River the "PFC Ralph E. Pomeroy, Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient,
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 Commissioner of the Division of Highways, to each of PFC Pomeroy's surviving siblings and to the capitol press corp.