A resident of Glenville, Ruby Coberly grew up in Gilmer County, WV. She graduated from Glenville High School and attended two years at Glenville State. Upon marrying, she moved to Baltimore where her husband worked in a shipyard. At the urging of her sister, Mrs. Coberly sought a paying job finding work with Montgomery Ward and then Pep Boys. Then in July 1945, she got a job in a defense plant working as a typist for Glenn L. Martin Aviation which built aircraft for the war effort. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia in September 1945. Later, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and eventually operated her own beauty shop in her home until retiring in 2009.
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Lisa has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 40 years, having joined as a Junior member. Lisa is a member of Jackson-Perks Unit 71, Charles Town, WV. Lisa’s eligibility is through her grandfather who was a WWII Veteran. He was a member of the 595th aircraft warning battalion and served in New Guinea and Luzon. He received the good conduct medal, American Theater Ribbon, Marksmanship badges and the WWII Victory Medal. Lisa’s father was a Korean War Veteran and her husband, is a Vietnam Veteran.
Lisa has served as Unit President, 2nd Vice, Executive Committee, as well as Committee Chairman of many different programs. Lisa continues to work strongly for our Veterans.
List has served as 10th District Vice President and Chairman for Americanism and National Security. She also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Lisa has served as Department Chaplain, 2nd Vice and 1st Vice President. She has
Frank Cooley was born in Newhall, West Virginia and grew up in Marytown, West Virginia, where he attended schools in the area, before graduating in 1965 from Welch High School.
He served in the United States Army from November 1965, until 1971 with an Honorable Discharge.
He is married to the former Angela Diana Davidson and they have two sons Leonard and James and one granddaughter Samantha.
He was employed at the HC Lewis Oil Company for 50 years and still works when not spending time with family and the American Legion.
He and his wife Ann reside in Welch, West Virginia and they are members of the Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Stewart Street in Welch. He is one of the Elders and Ann is in the Choir.
He has been active with American Legion Post 8 for more than 20 years and he is a paid up for life member. He is a
Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano
Buddie Curnutte, Board Member for Thanks! Plain and Simple (“Thanks!”). She exemplifies the abilities and desires of Rosies to assure that their legacy will be passed to the future, validly and meaningfully. She grew up in Appalachian New York state where she was a riveter on Kitty Hawk airplanes, then she became a medical technician in the Coast Guard, where she met and married Earl Curnutte, a West Virginian, who had lost a leg and had other injuries.“I am both a veteran and a Rosie. At age 88, I now see that we Rosies need to learn more about what we did, so that we can teach what we have done and are doing.
We’ve all seen them, the iconic and commanding images of a woman clad in anything but traditional, WWII period garb, rebelling by flexing her arm in resistance to the mechanical, German army and maybe even privately to American men, as well. This celebrated image is of “Rosie the Riveter”, a stubborn symbol of the woman who can work to support herself, “her man” at war, and the rest of her family, too.
According to History.com, American women “entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force.” From the perspective of women in the late thirties and early forties and from that of women today, perhaps the rise of the Germans served them positively. Had they not had the chance to show the men in control that they really could “do it”, they would likely not have been given