Friday, May 1, 2015

Flags to be lowered to honor late senator and war veteran

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 Brooke County community,” Tomblin said. “Joanne and I extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to his wife, Kathryn, and the Chernenko family during this difficult time.”
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 Omaha Beach. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was captured by German troops. He was a held as a P.O.W. near the North Sea.
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