(By Delegates Smirl, Howard, Sobonya, Perdue and R. Thompson)

[Introduced January 31, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

Naming the bridge that crosses from Cabell County to Wayne County over Four Pole Creek on Route 60 the "Colonel Justice M. Chambers Memorial Bridge."

Whereas, Justice M. Chambers, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, where he attended Marshall College in the 1920s, served with uncommon distinction in the United States Marine Corpse from 1929 to 1946, being seriously wounded in combat on three separate occasions during World War II;; and
Whereas, Exhibiting conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the Third Assault Battalion Landing Team, Twenty-fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, Colonel Chambers, in February 1945, while seriously wounded, led an eight hour battle against fierce Japanese resistance at Iwo Jima after landing on the island in a furious barrage of enemy machine gun fire; and
Whereas, As a direct result of Colonel Chambers forceful leadership, courage and fortitude in the face of staggering odds, wherein he inspired the men around him to uncommon acts of bravery as well, a vital foothold on the island was protected, thus leading to the success of subsequent operations of the Fifth Amphibious Corps on Iwo Jima; and
Whereas, Colonel Chambers, in accordance with his heroic acts on the battlefield was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman; and
Whereas, In total, Colonel Chambers, in addition to the Medal of Honor, received the silver star and Legion of Merit with Combat "V", Purple Heart with two gold stars, Presidential Unit Citation with three bronze stars, Marine Corps Reserve Medal with two stars, American Defense Service Medal with silver star (denoting five campaigns) and the World War II Victory Medal; and
Whereas, Colonel Chambers, was appointed in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy to the post of Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Planning, where he served with distinction until his retirement therefrom; and
Whereas, Colonel Chambers passed away on July 29, 1982, at the age of seventy-four; and
Whereas, Colonel Chambers, a distinguished native son, has bequeathed a legacy to the citizens of this State embodying the finest traditions of United States Military and civilian service to this country; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That Colonel Justice M. Chambers is hereby honored by naming the bridge that crosses from Cabell County to Wayne County over Four Pole Creek on Route 60 the "Colonel Justice M. Chambers Memorial Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved,
That the Legislature hereby requests the West Virginia Division of Highways to name the bridge that crosses from Cabell County to Wayne County on Route 60 the "Colonel Justice M. Chambers Memorial Bridge" by placing signs at each end of the bridge bearing that inscription; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House is hereby directed to forward a copy of this Resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways, the Headquarters of the United States Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., and to each of Colonel Chambers' two nephews, Benjamin and Carter Chambers.