The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for TSGT John G. Chernenko, U.S. Army, WWII Veteran during his final services on Friday, 01 May 15.

During his service to our great Nation, John was a twice held POW, being released from his initial captivity and participating in the Battle of the Bulge where he was, once again, captured.  He was awarded two (2) Bronze Stars, Purple Heart w/cluster, 5 WWII campaign medals and is currently awaiting confirmation as a Knight of the Legion of Honor from France.

Upon completion of his military service, John was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. He was reappointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 and held the position until 1969.

He was also a West Virginia State Senator for the 1st Senatorial district from 1982-1994.

West Virginia District 6 RC Ed Gill (egillsdare@yahoo.com) is the designated RCIC assisted by Mike Whitlatch (bumpnrun2462@aol.com).

Visitation vigil will be at the Chambers and James Funeral Home, 1030 Main St., Wellsburg, WV (https://tinyurl.com/obluuek) beginning at 1000.  Services to follow at 1100.

Staging will be at the funeral home at 0930.

Mission brief at 0945 with flag line in place prior to 1000 and maintained until start of services.

At the conclusion of services, escort will be provided to Franklin Cemetery in Wheeling.

Weather forecast for Friday is for temperatures in the high 60’s with an 80% chance of sun.  Please dress and travel accordingly.

As someone who, quite obviously, gave so much of himself in service to his Country as well as his State, please make the effort to attend and say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of America’s Greatest Generation.



Wellsburg, WV 26070