Corporal Williams was a Demolition Sergeant during the Battle for Iwo Jima. On 23 February 1945, when American tanks were held up by Japanese guns, minefields and rough island terrain, he advanced alone and, in a four hour effort while under terrific fire, utilized demolition charges and flame throwers to annihilate many enemy positions, thus enabling his company to reach its objective. For his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life,” he was awarded the Medal of Honor. As the desperate struggle continued, on 6 March he was wounded in action. On 5 October 1945, President Harry S. Truman presented Corporal Williams with the Medal of Honor during ceremonies at the White House.
Jack Gerrard, the youngest of three children born and raised by Owen and Hattie Gerrard of Clarksburg, West Virginia. In 1964, upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force. He served from 1964-1967 in Massachusetts and NHA TRANG, VIET NAM 1967-1968.
Patrick Morrisey was elected as the Attorney General for the State of West Virginia on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on January 14, 2013. Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state’s history.
Bob Huggins, an Ohio Boys State Alum at West Virginia University has a proven success as a program builder, recruiter and game strategist who has won 710 games as a collegiate head coach, Bob Huggins has directed his alma mater to 120 victories, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, the 2010 Big East Championship and five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during his first five seasons in Morgantown.
Natalie E. Tennant was sworn in as West Virginia’s 29th Secretary of State on January 19, 2009. Since taking office, Secretary Tennant has focused on initiatives to create an open and engaging government for our citizens, maintaining fair and honest elections and implementing efficient technologies to better serve the businesses and agencies of our state.
Successful at each of his previous career stops, Oliver Luck continues that streak at West Virginia University. A former Mountaineer quarterback, Luck was appointed the University’s 11th Director of Athletics by President James P. Clements on July 1, 2010. He has made significant strides in his first three years to enhance WVU’s role as a major player in the world of intercollegiate athletics including guiding West Virginia University into the Big 12 Conference and securing state funding for a new ballpark for the WVU baseball team.
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, liberty, accountability and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges.
Senator Joe Manchin sent a video message to the Citizens of ALMBS. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia’s Senator is truly an honor and a privilege.
A U.S. Army veteran from New Haven, West Va., David is a retired team leader for American Electric Power, where he worked for 41 years. He is a member of Smith Capehart Post 140 in New Haven and has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion’s post, state, and national levels. He previously served as The American Legion state commander for West Virginia and is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant, West Va.