Senator Manchin has served in several leadership capacities on various associations, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, President of the Council of State Governments, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association.
Sen. Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.
Sen. Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship.
Sen. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Carly, Vivian, Beaux and
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division
The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.
Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.
His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on the beachhead
Susan Wade was born March 22, 1952 to Warren and Nancy Pryor Neff.
She graduated from Paden City High School in 1970. She is retired from the State of West Virginia.
Susan was married to the late Herman Wade, and has one daughter from her previous marriage. She has 2 granddaughters, and 2 grandsons, all who are members of The American Legion Family.
Susan is a member of Paden City Christian Church.
Susan is a 38 year member of Paden City Unit #86, she is currently Unit President and has served in that position for several years.
Her edibility is through her grandfather, Floyd Pryor who served in the Army during WWI; her father who served in the Navy during WWII; and her late husband who served in the Marines during Vietnam.
She has served as First District Vice President and President. She has served as Department Chaplain, Department 2nd and Department 1st Vice Presidents.