Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the lowering of State flags the Capitol Complex and at all state-owned Brook County facilities from dawn until dusk on Friday in honor of former Senator John Chernenko.
Tomblin said in a statement that Chernenko lived a life of service.
“John dedicated his life to serving people – as a member of our Armed Forces, as a State Senator, and as a strong advocate for the
Tomblin said. “Joanne and I extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to his
wife, Kathryn, and the Chernenko family during this difficult time.” Brooke
Chernenko served his country in World War II as a part of the U.S. Army, and was a part of the D-Day invasion on
. He fought in the Omaha Beach of the Bulge, and was captured by
German troops. He was a held as a P.O.W. near the Battle North
In 1961, President JFK appointed Chernenko to serve as the United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. He was a West Virginia Senator from 1982 to 1994.
At the time of his death, he was awaiting confirmation as a Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government.Chernenko died on Monday at the age of 90