Bridge to be named for local soldier

Sgt. John Andrew Charnoplosky, the 18-year-old soldier that died near the Cambodian border, Nov. 15, 1971, in a double UH1 helicopter crash during the Vietnam War, will be honored with a bridge being named for him on the Audra Road in Belington, at 1 p.m. Friday.

Charnoplosky was originally from Century #1. The location is a favored spot that the sergeant and siblings visited in their youth.

A unified effort by the sergeant’s family, government officials, Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Post 44 has resulted in the upcoming naming of the bridge at Audra Park, to read: “Sgt. John A. Charnoplosky, 187th Assault Helicopter C, Vietnam-1971.”

This inscription is at the request of his brother, George Charnoplosky, of Belington.

The Patriot Guard Riders, with Dave Rowan as Ride Captain, will participate in the honors for the veteran soldier who was highly decorated in the military with three Air Medals and a Purple Heart, as well as a three-letter athlete at Philip Barbour High School, in football, track and wrestling, class of 1970.

The program will be emceed by Ron Cleavenger, American Legion Post 44, Philippi and includes the invocation and patriotic medley by Rev. Fr. Jim O’Connor, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Philippi. Delegate Mary Poling, D-Barbour, 47th District, and Sen. Bob Williams, D-Tucker, 14th District, will represent and announce the official documents necessary to complete the ceremony.

For more information, call Ron Cleavenger at 304-300-1640.

Bridge to be named for local soldier

Sgt. John Andrew Charnoplosky, the 18-year-old soldier that died near the Cambodian border, Nov. 15, 1971, in a double UH1 helicopter crash during the Vietnam War, will be honored with a bridge being named for him on the Audra Road in Belington, at 1 p.m. Friday.

Charnoplosky was originally from Century #1. The location is a favored spot that the sergeant and siblings visited in their youth.

A unified effort by the sergeant’s family, government officials, Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Post 44 has resulted in the upcoming naming of the bridge at Audra Park, to read: “Sgt. John A. Charnoplosky, 187th Assault Helicopter C, Vietnam-1971.”

This inscription is at the request of his brother, George Charnoplosky, of Belington.

The Patriot Guard Riders, with Dave Rowan as Ride Captain, will participate in the honors for the veteran soldier who was highly decorated in the military with three Air Medals and a Purple Heart, as well as a three-letter athlete at Philip Barbour High School, in football, track and wrestling, class of 1970.

The program will be emceed by Ron Cleavenger, American Legion Post 44, Philippi and includes the invocation and patriotic medley by Rev. Fr. Jim O’Connor, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Philippi. Delegate Mary Poling, D-Barbour, 47th District, and Sen. Bob Williams, D-Tucker, 14th District, will represent and announce the official documents necessary to complete the ceremony.

For more information, call Ron Cleavenger at 304-300-1640.