House of Delegates member Bill Hartman recently presided over a ceremony officially naming the bridge over Stony Creek the Sharp Military Brothers Bridge.
This is the bridge over which the Sharp family traveled going to and from Marlinton from their home at Brownsburg.
The dedication is the culmination of several years of work, locating all eight of the brothers’ military discharges and getting the information to Hartman who introduced the resolution to the West Virginia Legislature nearly two years ago. This may be a record – eight brothers in military service.
Rick Wooddell, Commander of Pocahontas County Honor Corps, read the information from each of the brothers’ DD 214 Military Discharge.
The Sharp family included their brother, Tom, in this reading because they are as proud of him as they are the eight who served.
Pocahontas County Honor Corps presented a 21-Gun Salute followed by the playing of Taps.
United States Military Members in the Family of Charles J. Sharp and Ora Belle Thompson Sharp:
Jack Arnold Sharp, (died 12/31/10) Active U.S. Army 21 Jan 43
Military Occupation – Co. B, 7th BN Construction Machine Operator
Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon
Continental Service – 2 Years 7 Months, 20 Days
Foreign Service – 0 Years 5 Months 27 Days – Canada
Discharge Rank – Sgt.
Separation Date – 7 Mar 46 – Honorable Discharge
Earl Milburn Sharp, (died 10/23/06)Active U.S. Army 30 Mar 43
Battles and Campaigns – Ardennes – Rhineland – Central Europe
Distinguished Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon
Discharge Rank – Tec-5 MD
Separation Date – 30 Dec 45 – Honorable Discharge
Lew Warwick Sharp, (died 10/4/15) Active U.S. Navy 29 Mar 44
Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal
Discharge Rank – Seaman 1/c SV6
Separation Date – 24 May 46 – Honorable Discharge
Dempsey Thompson Sharp, died (3/3/19) Active U.S. Navy 24 Oct 44
Served aboard the USS William Ward Burrors and the USS LST 819 later renamed the USS Hampshire County
Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, 3 Battle Stars for WW II, 4 Battle Stars for Korean War
Discharge Rank – Radioman 3/c – Honorable Discharge
Separation Date 10 Jul 46
Second Tour of Duty
Dempsey Thompson Sharp entered U.S. Navy 10 Aug 50
Discharge Rank – Radio Operator V6
Separation Date – 15 Oct 51 – Honorable Discharge
Charles Herbert Sharp, (died 4/26/05) Active U.S. Army 12 Dec 46
Discharge Rank – Clerk C5
Separation Date – 11 Dec 2949 – Honorable Discharge
Charles Herbert Sharp, Active U.S. Air Force 9 Jan 1950
Discharge Rank – Staff Sgt.
WW II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/1 oak leaf
Discharge Rank – Tech Sgt. E6 – Retirement
Separation Date – 3 Sept 68 – Honorable Discharge
(Note: WW II Victory Medal was extended to the armed forces who served on active duty December 1941 – December 1946.)
Craig Arthur Sharp entered U.S. Navy 25 Oct 51
Served aboard the USS Ross
National Defense Service Ribbon
Discharge Rank – Sonar Man – Petty Officer 2/C
Separation Date Active Duty – 21 Oct 55 – Honorable Discharge
Discharge Inactive Reserve 24 OCT 59
Donald James Sharp entered U.S. Navy 24 Jul 53
Served aboard the USS Payette County
National Defense Service Ribbon
It is noted Don often scrimmaged with the Navy Football Team.
Discharge Rank – Radioman Seaman E3
Separation Date – 9 Jul 56 – Honorable Discharge
Leslie Douglas Sharp entered U.S. Army 6 June 63
Serving with Third U.S. Army
Parachute Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Discharge Rank – SPF(T) E4
Separation Date – 27 May 66 – Honorable Discharge
The name of this bridge is Sharp Military Brothers Bridge. It is important to the family that they also include another brother.
Tommy David Sharp was born August 16, 1937. His service was spent on the farm after an injury in the coal mines resulted in his being turned down for active military service. However, Tom was the glue that kept the farm running smoothly with five younger siblings still at home and their father working at Southern States.
It is noteworthy that Tom was good at sports. He played left guard, right guard, and inside tackle and was named All State in Football in 1954 by the University Selection Committee. He was the first player in Marlinton High School history to be chosen All State.