Jerry West Digital Collection

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Ralph John lived with his parents just north of the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state line. He spend much of his leisure time visiting Morgantown and hunting in the West Virginia mountains. John joined the Army just before the United States entered the war and was in the second wave of the invasion of France, following D-Day June 6th, 1944.  Ralph John was killed in action near St Lo, France on August 15, 1944. He was 30 years old.
Jerry West presents the first annual Jerry West Scholarship to Kenneth Tawney of Spencer, W. Va. Tawney attended WVU, subsequently earning a law degree.
Chick Hearn called the play by play action during the Lakers broadcasts from 1965 until his death in 2002.
Jerry West is second row from the top and first on the left. No others are identified.
Sculpted by Jamie Lester, the statue was unveiled February 14, 2007 and stands outside the West Virginia University Coliseum.
David West, older brother of Jerry West was an outstanding student leader and athlete at East Bank High School.