Bridge Dedicated To Fallen Korean War Soldier
A late local hero has recently received his rightful recognition as on June 12 signs were placed on the bridge in Pine Grove between Simon’s Market and Norris Pharmacy, dedicating the structure to the late U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Leo Dulaney.
Danny Dulaney stated that his brother Charles was killed in Korea on May 29, 1951; he was only 24.
Danny was the mastermind behind the project and stated he had been thinking about it for a while. “I got ahold of the county commissioners and then I went to see (Delegate) Dave Pethtel and (Senator) Larry Edgell, and Dave said he would take care of it for me.” Danny states he believes that the measure was passed through the state legislator sometime in February.
“Mr. Danny Dulaney contacted me about getting the bridge named after his brother, Charles, who was killed in action,” Delegate Dave Pethtel (D-W.Va.) noted. “A House Concurrent Resolution was passed in the House of Delegates and Senate. A House or Senate Concurrent Resolution must pass each body in order to be complete.
Pethtel himself was instrumental in getting the measure passed in the House of Delegates; he further credits Senator Edgell (D-W.Va.) and Senate President Jeff Kessler with getting the measure passed in the Senate.
“I am pleased to have played a part in getting this bridge named after Mr. Charles Leo Dulaney,” Pethtel stated. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community and country.”
Danny is rather humble about being able to achieve the honor for his brother. “I really think it’s a good thing,” he simply stated. “There’re some more bridges around that some of the other boys that got killed in the wars . . . I think (signs) need put up for them too . . .”
Also, Danny is no stranger to heroism as he himself is a Navy veteran who was on the USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. “We went down to the Cuban Crisis,” he stated.