Jefferson County official recovering from heart surgery

July 14, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission President Greg Corliss has undergone surgery for a heart problem, fellow commission member Dale Manuel said Thursday.

Manuel, who was leading Thursday's regular commission meeting in Corliss's absence, said Corliss is recovering well and his recovery probably could be attributed to his good physical condition.

Manuel said Corliss had been running about five miles a day before his surgery and lifting weights.

It is unclear how long Cor-liss will be away from county work, Manuel said.

Corliss, a Republican, began his six-year term on the commission in 2003.

Besides his work in county government, Corliss worked 33 years in the military, and served numerous administrative and combat positions, including flying CH-46 helicopters in the Vietnam War for the U.S. Marines and flying A4-2 attack jets.

After the military, Corliss settled in Jefferson County, where he took up his longtime desire to farm and raise beef cattle.


Corliss can also boast of time on the silver screen.

Corliss was one of many military pilots who were selected in 1968 to fly planes for the making of the movie, "Tora, Tora, Tora," which was about the events leading up to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

It was a experience Corliss never forgot.

To make the movie, the pilots were given old military planes that hadn't been used in nearly 30 years. Many of them didn't have all the instrumentation that is on most aircraft and the production of the movie was a rough - even deadly - experience sometimes, Cor-liss said.

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