Ernest “Ernie” Edison West, Veteran
USA – Korea
Ashland, Kentucky – 05-08-21
ABOUT THE MISSION:
A true American Hero stood for our country and now it is our turn to stand for him. Ernest “Ernie” Edison West, 89, of Wurtland, Ky., took his last breath at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., on Saturday, May 1. West was born in Russell, Ky., on September 2, 1931. Orphaned at 5 years old, he grew up in The Methodist Home in Versailles, Ky. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army as a Private First Class in the 14th Infantry Regiment. He served from 1950-1953 and was awarded the military’s highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his valor in the Korean War. West’s platoon was ambushed near Sataeri, Korea and West ordered his men to retreat when their Commander, Captain George Gividen, was severely wounded. West carried Gividen out of direct combat while defending them from enemy attackers at close range, having his eye injured (and later removed). He then returned to the battlefield to rescue two more soldiers, leaving no men behind. President Eisenhower presented West with the Medal of Honor on January 29, 1954 at the White House, reportedly saying “please accept the admiration of an old soldier” as he placed the medal around West’s neck. After returning to Wurtland, Ky., West met his beloved wife, Janie, and the two married in 1953 on The Bride and Groom Show in New York City. They had their only daughter, the apple of his eye, in 1963. Ernie and Jane were married for 57 happy years and were known to do nearly everything together, considering one another lifelong best friends. They especially loved anything outdoors; fishing, hunting, farming and lounging together watching Westerns. West worked and retired from CSX Railroad and coached football and basketball at Wurtland High School for many years. He was an active member in his community, remaining committed to serving others throughout his lifetime. To all who knew him, West was a fast friend who never missed a chance to make someone smile. He was modest, unassuming, and reliable always present and willing to help without question, sharing a hearty laugh and his sharp tongue with anyone he met. It is with heavy hearts and immense memories that we say goodbye to one of the greatest men this nation has known. Our Uncle Joey said it best, “God must’ve needed some soldiering done, so he called on the best.”
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 05-08-21
Staging Time: 12:00 Noon
McDonalds of Russell
150 Russell Road
Ashland, Kentucky 41101
KSU at 12:15.
Travel to Evans Funeral Home, 707 Greenup Avenue, Raceland, KY 41169.
Flagline, Final Salute and Escort to KVCNE for committal.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: John McGlone
Position: Kentucky Ride Captain
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