Shank named to board of directors for veterans’ group

February 27, 2018

CHARLESTON — Richard Shank of Huntington is among eight new members appointed to the State Funeral for World War II Veterans West Virginia State Board of Directors.

Shank is the Past Commandant for the Department of West Virginia, Marine Corps League.

He joins Charles Baisden, Mara Boggs, Chuck Flannery, Luke Goodwin, Jean Lamb and Owen Stout on the board, according to a news release. They will serve under West Virginia State Chair Todd Morris.

“I worked hard to identify strong candidates for the West Virginia State Board all over the state. The Greatest Generation could not be more deserving of this honorable final salute, and all of us in West Virginia are going to do best to be at the forefront of this effort,” Morris said in the release.

Baisden is the West Virginia Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

A Charleston resident, Boggs is the state director for West Virginia. Previously, she served as a legislative liaison and defense fellow for the U.S. Army. She is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Flannery is the West Virginia Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff.

Goodwin is a Sergeant/Lead with the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard.

A Cedar Grove resident, Lamb is the owner and operator of Lamb Tours.

Stout is the Marine Corps League Commandant for Charleston.

State Funeral for World War II Veterans aims to convince the president of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor holder from World War II as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in the armed forces from 1941 to 1945.

For more information about the group, visit www.worldwar-2salute.org/.


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