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Bridge to be renamed for WWII vet

Kiess

DAILEY — A new bridge in Dailey will be renamed in memory of a 24-year-old Adolph native and U.S. Army Nurse Corps captain who served with distinction during World War II.

The U.S. Army CPT Nancy Margaret Kiess Memorial Bridge will be dedicated in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the new East Dailey Bridge located off U.S. 219/250 in East Dailey.

Kiess was a U.S. Army nurse serving in World War II with the 34th Evacuation Hospital attached to General George Patton’s Third Army. She waded ashore at Utah Beach at Normandy, tended to soldiers wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and served as the operating room supervisor during her three years of active duty.

The 34th Evacuation Hospital took an active part in the war against Germany with overall admissions numbering 24,477 patients. Outpatients treated during the last 10 months of operation totaled 20,230. Hospital personnel performed 13,369 procedures and administered 11,047 anesthetics.

Following her military service she married Hans Siertl, who later served as principal at Tygart Valley High School while she served as the school’s nurse.

During the past legislative session, the West Virginia Legislature approved House Concurrent Resolution No. 7 to allow the bridge to be renamed in Kiess’ honor.

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