WHEELING - A Wheeling man who has long worked to support the Marine Corps and military veterans will continue his efforts from a top post in a statewide organization.
John Nanny was named commandant of the Marine Corps League Department of West Virginia during the group's state convention at Oglebay Park on Saturday.
Nanny has been serving as commandant of the local Marine Corps League Jones, Wolin & O'Brien Detachment No. 771 in Wheeling, which hosted the state event.
He has also served as chairman of the Hershel "Woody" Williams Scholarship Foundation since it was started in 2001.
He will serve one year in his new position.
"I'm thrilled, but I've got such big shoes to fill," Nanny said.
"I've been involved with the local Marine Corps League unit since it formed in 1991. My involvement has been mostly in promoting the Marine Corps League itself.
"I've been blessed," he continued. "I feel I'm up to the job, but when I look at the guys I'm coming after - wow!"
In spite of receiving the honor, Nanny stressed the organization's work is really about those serving the nation and their families.
"Everyone is just pumped up about the Marine Corps right now," he said. "We're a support group. It's all about the Marine Corps. We're there for the families of those who are deployed."