Chuck Yeager is well-known as a record-setting test pilot. The retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general was the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight when he did so in 1947. So, in 1970, residents of St. Albans, W.Va., wanted to erect a monument to honor a favorite son of the state (Yeager is a native of Myra). The Yeager monument was dedicated on July 4, 1970. The monument was erected by Explorer Post 376, Boy Scouts of America.