The family of SPC David A. Hess is requesting our presence as the Division of Highways renames the bridge on WV State Route 14 over Slate Creek, bridge number 54-14-0.64 (54A193), locally known as the Slate Bridge in Wood County, the “U.S. Army SPC David A. Hess Memorial Bridge”.

SPC Hess, 25, died 25 October 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to the 526th Brigade Support Batallion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY, he died in Molliyan, Zhari province of Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Staging will be at 0800 at the Go-Mart, 128 Elizabeth Pike, Parkersburg, WV (Mineral Wells Exit of I-77).

Mission briefing at 0815.

KSU at 0830.

Flag line will be set prior to the start of services at 0900 and will be maintained until the conclusion.

Martin George ( is the RCIC of this most Honorable mission, assisted by Carl Spade (


Mineral Wells, WV 26150