February 20, 2020

Manchin Statement on The Death Of James "JD" Stanard

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of James Dyer “JD” Stanard of Boliar and a member of the Greatest Generation who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during major battles of World War II.

“Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of James Dyer Stanard, a U.S. Army Veteran and proud West Virginian. James served our country bravely during World War II from 1942-1945 in the 319th Artillery Company of the 82nd Airborne Division as a Tech Specialist. JD served in many of the major battles during World War II, to include D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and battles in North Africa and Italy. JD was one of West Virginia’s finest examples of patriotic service. His sacrifices and dedication to America were admirable and he makes all of his fellow West Virginians proud. Gayle and I send our deepest condolences to James’s friends and loved ones, especially his son James Allen, his grandchildren James Mark and David, and his great-grandchildren Luke, Lydia, Reese, and James Duncan. I know that his fellow Troopers of the WV Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association will miss him too. Gayle and I will keep them all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”