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The WVSDB Tapestry/Mountaineer Melodies choral performance groups weren't able to perform for the West Virginia Legislature this year as they have in years past due to the pandemic. Instead, the school put together a video with the students singing the “WVSDB Song” and “The West Virginia Hil…

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The West Virginia Council of Churches released a public service announcement encouraging the use of face masks, handwashing, and physical distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Died: Jan. 3, 2010 Augusta Navy, Ammo Handling, Served until 1948. John served on the island of Bimini working with the west coast ships. He would help to pull Navy ships into the dry docks. Also, John would work with the ships covered in radiation and helped to research radiation. He finis…

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Died: Jan. 1, 2014 Romney Navy, Quartermaster, 2nd Class, From May 1944 to Feb. 1946. Dale served on the Destroyer Escort 575, USS Errands alongside the sister ship USS Barr 576 (named after a Marine from Keyser). These ships worked alongside a submarine killer group.

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Died: Dec. 10, 2019 Kirby 5th Air Force, 301st Air Drum Squadron, Airplane Engineer and Mechanic, Started Serving on August 14, 1943. Arno 1st served by fighting Japanese troops from New Guinea up to Okinawa. When in New Guinea, Arno adopted a stray dog that slept under his bed and once res…

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Died: Aug. 2, 2017 Romney Navy, Flight Program, V-12, From Sept. 1943 to Oct. 1945. Loudon finished his flight training right before the end of the war. However, he was proud of the period of time he was able to serve and remained proud of the strong person the military helped him to become.

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Died: Dec. 19, 2009 Paw Paw Corporal Cavalry, U.S. Army 1st Armored Division James spent nearly 2 years at the war’s end in Tokyo on guard duty.

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Died: Sept. 3, 2014 Augusta Communications, Nov. 17, 1943 to 1945 Roscoe served on the frontlines in France. At 1:30 a.m. he was part of the troop that crossed the Rhine River into German territory. At 1 point during the war, he picked up a German rifle in a hedgerow and used that gun. When…

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Died: March 3, 2010 Augusta Navy, Throttleman, Fireman 1st Class, From 1944 to July 1946 Earl served on the USS Wyoming in the North Atlantic shipping lane.

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Died: July 24, 2017 Romney Air Force, Corporal, From 1943 to 1945. John trained to be a gunner on A26 planes, but right before he was deployed the war ended.

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Died: Jan. 7, 2016 Capon Bridge Navy, Seabees, Construction Battalions, Store Keeper 3rd Class, From Sept. 1943 to Feb. 1946. Walter served in O’ahu where he worked in warehouses and tents where spies would come in from the US. Walter helped to handle the spies. Also, when a marine battalio…

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Died: Feb. 28, 2012 Romney Army Infantry, 45th Infantry Division, From Oct. 1944 to August 1945. Porter was too young to enlist in the Army when the war was at its peak, but when he was old enough to enlist he was deployed to France right after the Battle of the Bulge. His ship landed in L…

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Died: April 8, 2012 Romney Army, Private 1st Captain, From 1943 to 1945. Edward served under the command of General Patton. During the war he was stationed in England, Belgium, Germany and France. Ed fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Died: Jan. 15, 2016 Capon Bridge Army, Infantry Replacement Glen sailed from Seattle, to Honolulu and then to the Mariana Islands. His ship brought nurses to Saipan. While his troop was getting ready for the invasion of Tokyo, an atomic bomb was dropped. Glen was then sent to the 204th Guam…

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Died: March 11, 2018 Romney Army, Infantry, Heavy Weaponry, 86th Division, From April 1943 to Feb. 1946. Melvin served in both the European Theater and also in the Asiatic Theater. Also, Melvin served in Europe shortly after the Battle of the Bulge and ended up 14 miles from Berchtesgaden w…

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Died: Jan. 8, 2019 Capon Bridge Navy, Reserves, Motor Machinist, 2nd Class, Started serving in 1943. Paul helped to transfer convoys to London, England. Also, he served in the Philippine Liberation.

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Died: Dec. 9, 2012 Romney Army, Infantry Battalion, Outfit 25, Company B. Leonard served overseas in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, and ended up near Austria where he was wounded by flying shrapnel. He received 2 purple hearts.

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Died: Sept. 11, 2010 Springfield Army, Air Corp., Corporal, From Feb. 1943 to Jan. 1946. Alston was stationed in Papua New Guinea and ran the airstrips there. The Seabees would go in before he did to dig out the airstrips that he ran. On the airstrips, Alston would handle the C-46 and P-48 …

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Died: Jan. 19, 2018 Romney Army Engineer, 1st Class, From Jan. 1943 to Dec. 1, 1945. Anthony served in New Guinea, Dutch New Guinea, Philippines, Manila and Japan in the 10th 52nd Port Construction Repair on barges.

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Died: May 22, 2014 Capon Bridge Army, 104th Infantry, Private 1st Class, From Nov. 25, 1943 to April 20, 1946. Howard was stationed in Germany and went through France, then Belgium. He served in the Battle of the Ruhr. The Germans were interfering with radio messages and Howard’s company co…

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Died: Dec. 18, 2014 Romney Navy Reserves, Motor Machinist, Petty Officer, 3rd Class, From Oct. 10 to Jan. 12, 1946. Arlo was deployed from Hawaii and was a member of the Seabees. He 1st served in the Marshall Islands and then he served in Guam on Dadi beach. Arlo was deployed for a total of…

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Died: Aug. 5, 2016 Hoy Army, Air Corp. Infantry, From 1942 to Dec. 1945 Ray fought in the closest outfit to Berlin and worked as a scout behind enemy lines and out “front” in between the lines.

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Died: Oct. 31, 2019 Romney Army, Reserves, Sergeant Major, Served for 30 years. Elson fought on the frontlines in Luxembourg under General Patton and was infantry in the Battle of the Bulge. Also, he fought in Nuremberg and went to the Nuremberg Trials.

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Died: June 1, 2017 Romney Navy, Radio Operator, Started serving in 1943. Bill was deployed for Convoy Duty to serve in invasions. He went from Pearl Harbor to Guam and then traveled on a flagship to Guadalcanal and onto the Philippines for an invasion on Oct. 24.

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Died: Sept. 25, 2016 Capon Bridge Navy, From March 23, 1945 to August 19, 1946. Charles served in the Panama Canal and Hawaii and was deployed to Okinawa. He spontaneously met his brother during the invasion of Okinawa while his brother (who had almost been almost struck by a Japanese Kamik…

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Died: March 24, 2014 Romney 1st Engineer Combat Battalion, rank D4, From Dec. 9, 1941 to 1947. Oreste landed at Normandy on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Died: Oct. 2, 2015 Romney Marines, Sergeant, Rifle Company – I Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, From Dec. 1, 1942 to Oct. 26, 1945. Robert worked out of Maui then fought in his 1st battle on the 1st and 2nd of Feb., 1944 in the Marshall Islands, then Saipan in Jun…

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Died: April 23, 2012 Romney Army, Infantry, From May 1942 to Dec. 1945. Hoy spent his deployment “crawling on my stomach from one end of Italy to the other.” He then went on to start the Army Reserve in Romney.

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Died: March 19, 2014 Delray US Army Air Core, Staff Sergeant, From August 12, 1943 to Oct 22, 1945. James was a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-17 flying out of England into Germany. On his 6th mission to Cologne he was hit by antiaircraft fire and 3 of his crew were wounded including the pilot, …