FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2013
Glenville, WV— In September of 2011, Glenville State College established the ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project.’ This project builds on Glenville State College’s World War II Heroes Project, which records and preserves the experiences of West Virginia veterans from that specific conflict.
The ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project’ focuses on collecting, preserving, and broadcasting stories of West Virginia war veterans who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War as well as the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Historically, West Virginia has had and continues to have the highest per capita military service rate in the United States.
Over two-hundred interviews with veterans and family and friends of deceased veterans have been conducted for the project. The stories they tell and the memories they reveal are creating a living picture of the brutality, confusion, and sacrifices of war.
The project has resulted in the publishing of a book and the production of a film documentary that highlights many of the veterans who have participated in this extensive endeavor.
The book ‘Heroes Among Us-A Tradition of Service’ is a collection of photographs, both new and old, with succinct vet quotes and short stories that have been collected by the project. Copies of the book may be purchased for just $10 each.
West Virginia Veterans who are featured in ‘Heroes Among Us-A Tradition of Service’ are listed as follows according to their county of residence:
Braxton County: George Lee Fisher of Little Birch, John Morrison of Little Birch, and Gary King of Gassaway
Cabell County: Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams of Ona, the only living West Virginian Medal of Honor recipient, and Lessie Moses of Milton
Clay County: Gene Drennen of Procious
Gilmer County: Willie Barton of Glenville, Ann Jones of Cox’s Mills, Joseph Kemper of Cox’s Mills, Benjamin Mick of Cedarville, Warren Matheny of Sand Fork, Damon West of Troy, Dr. Peter Barr of Glenville, and Dr. Ed Wood of Glenville
Hardy County: Allen Barb of Moorefield
Harrison County: Gary Broughton of Clarksburg, John Brown of Clarksburg, Earl Core of Clarksburg, James Cortez of Clarksburg, Richard Crickard of Clarksburg, Clara Eaton of Clarksburg, Dr. James B. Hill of Bridgeport, Richard Karp of Clarksburg, Richard Lowther of Clarksburg, Cory Mang of Salem, Joseph Mang of Salem, Miriam McCaw of Clarksburg, Frank Menendez of Clarksburg, Johnny Payne of Clarksburg, Paul Pitrolo of Clarksburg, Harry ‘Rody’ Rodeheaver of Clarksburg, Patrick Romano of Clarksburg, Bob Smith of Clarksburg, Havey Staab of Clarksburg, Jimmy Succurro of Clarksburg, and Cecil Tracy of Clarksburg
Lewis County: John ‘Robert’ Nicholson of Weston, Frank Angotti of Weston, Thomas Pickens of Weston, William Singleton of Ireland, Joseph Bross of Weston, and Ronnie McCartney of Jane Lew
Marion County: Virginia Goodpasture of Fairmont, Brian Lamb of Fairmont, Robert Minney of Fairmont, and Frank Zukowsky of Fairmont
Mercer County: Bill Bivens of Bluefield, Leonard Kessinger of Princeton, William Sanders of Princeton, Junior Spurrier of Princeton, Dana White of Princeton, and Tony Whitlow of Princeton
Nicholas County: Giovanno ‘Johnny’ Romano of Craigsville, Ree Camplio of Richwood, Dan Snyder of Richwood, and Raymond Groves of Craigsville
Raleigh County: John Clyburn of Beckley, Jack Scott of Beaver, Rodger Withrow of Beckley, Sheryn Lewis of Beckley, Brian Nimmo of Beckley, Stefanie Alleyne of Beckley, Matt Williams of Cool Ridge, Jason Ward of Beaver, and Wendy Ward of Beaver
Randolph County: Robert Watkins of Elkins and Richard Hedrick of Montrose
Roane County: Eloise Meads of Spencer
Summers County: Eva Angell of Jumping Branch
Taylor County: Ed Beavers of Grafton, John Brown of Grafton, Charles A. Freeman of Rosemont, and Clarence Paugh of Grafton
Upshur County: Kevin Crickard of Buckhannon
Webster County: Joe Myers of Upper Glade, Rusty Jarvis of Camden On Gauley, George ‘Freddie’ Brewster of Cowen, Junior Romano of Camden On Gauley, and William O’Dell of Diana.
Wood County: Willodeane Brady of Walker
The documentary ‘Tradition of Service’ is approximately 50 minutes long and gives a brief overview of West Virginians’ history of service in the military, while including actual interview material and photographs from the ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project’. The documentary was shown on West Virginia PBS during November 2012. DVDs of the documentary can be purchased for $10 each.
West Virginia Veterans who are featured in ‘Tradition of Service’ are listed as follows according to their county of residence:
Braxton County: Kenneth Freshour of Sutton and George Lee Fisher of Little Birch
Cabell County: Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams of Ona
Calhoun County: Richard McCartney of Grantsville
Clay County: Gale Brown of Indore and Edward Harrah of Bomont
Gilmer County: Hoy Barton of Glenville, William Ostaff of Glenville, Willie Barton, of Glenville, Ann Jones of Cox’s Mills, Joseph Kemper of Cox’s Mills, and Benjamin Mick of Cedarville
Hardy County: Allen Barb of Moorefield
Harrison County: Sandra Firth of Mount Clare and James Cortez of Clarksburg
Lewis County: Teddy Davis of Horner, William Fultineer of Weston, and John ‘Robert’ Nicholson of Weston
Marion County: Patricia Kishman of Fairmont and Frank Zukowsky of Fairmont
Nicholas County: Ralph Chapman of Summersville
Raleigh County: Wendy Ward of Beaver, and John Clyburn of Beckley
Randolph County: Freddie Armentrout of Whitmer and Richard Hedrick of Montrose
Taylor County: Joseph Heinzman of Grafton
Webster County: Joe Meyers of Upper Glade
A package deal is available that includes a DVD and book for just $15. This would make a meaningful gift for veterans and their family and friends.
Purchases may be made at the GSC Foundation Office in the Heflin Administration Building. Orders may also be mailed to you by contacting Michelle Clowser at Michelle.Clowser@ glenville.edu or by calling (304) 462-6380. A $2.50 base shipping charge does apply to all mail orders.
The GSC ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project’ has also created a traveling photo exhibit featuring many of the veterans that are highlighted in the book and documentary. The exhibit is now on display at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The photo exhibit and a traveling historical display are both available free of charge for display at other healthcare facilities, businesses, libraries, events, and organizations’ meeting areas. To reserve the exhibits, contact the GSC Public Relations and Marketing Department at (304) 462-4115.