A Continuation of Admiration of a Family and Historic Hero
The Silent Hero from a Small Town in WV
Chuck Yeager of Hamlin, WV
Having grown up in the state of West Virginia, I was blessed with a grandmother who was the epitome of “grandmotherly love”. She was not only forgiving, patient, supportive, generous, and understanding, but she was also thoughtful. Like the old saying that it takes a “village to raise children”, that was true in this small West Virginia town. The town’s Fourth of July celebration was like the story of Pollyanna. Everyone was out celebrating and grateful.
We were so fortunate and celebrated this special day. How blessed we all felt. This was just one special day. And to make it extra nice, the town was thankful for a young man who was grateful for his hometown of Hamlin, WV. Yes, Chuck Yeager was full of so much joy and appreciation. Here was a young man willing to give his life to prove his love for his country and was very loyal to his family.
After graduating from high school, Chuck enlisted in the Army, never forgetting his roots. I was the youngest of 3 children. The oldest, my sister (and later my brother and then I) each spent time with my grandmother in the summer. My grandmother lived only a little way from Chuck Yeager’s parents’ home. My sister spoke of visiting Mrs. Yeager’s home during her visit at our grandmother’s.
With the passing of Chuck Yeager this past Monday, December 7th, our family has been discussing our memories and knowledge of our cousin. The more I read about him, the more I wish I had made more of an effort to get to know him. All of the comments I have read have made me realize what a fantastic man he was.
Though I have heard plenty of jokes about being from West Virginia, I can honestly say that most of the West Virginians I have known have been of good character and with a kind heart. With this in mind, I will share a tidbit about Chuck Yeager
On October 14, 1947 Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager was first to break the sound barrier. His hometown of Hamlin, West Virginia was so very proud of him. In my grandmother’s (Adeline Black Porter) a Commemorative plate of Chuck Yeager held a prominent place of honor. After her death, I pleaded to have that “special plate”, which I now have in my dining room. Though I never had the pleasure and honor of meeting my cousin, Chuck Yeager, I was so happy for him and his accomplishments. From all that I have read and heard, he was a wonderful and admirable man.
My take from this experience is not to let time slip away from meeting someone of such honor and integrity. And to remember that this person could be within your own family. I certainly feel that way about my father, mother, etc. Family is a true treasure, and sadly we are all now experiencing not being able to be with those loved ones. I wish that soon COVID-19 will be a thing of the past, and as effective vaccines are shared with everyone. It should also be promoted that we each should be true to ourselves and to do our best in life.
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