Sherman Baxa, Department Commander, 2016-2017
Sherman Baxa was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia and grew up on a farm in Upshur County. He graduated from Buckhannon Upshur High School in 1958. In 1959, he joined the United States Marine Corps serving into 1963. Sherman was a Parris Island, SC Marine and took his Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune, NC. He was assigned to MCSC, Albany, GA and served the last sixteen months in Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japan attached to 3rd FSR, 3rd Marines.
Returning to civilian life, Sherman worked construction until 1965 when he applied to Prince Georges County, Maryland for the position of police officer. He worked in patrol, special assignments and was a supervisor in Major Crimes Division Homicide Squad. He retired in 1985 as a Sergeant. Sherman returned to West Virginia in 1991 and in 2000 filed as a candidate for Sheriff of Upshur County. He won the election and served as Sheriff 2001-2004.
Sherman is a Paid Up For Life member of Frank B. Bartlett Post #7 in Buckhannon, WV. He has served as Post Commander, Chaplin and on various committees. On the District level as District Commander, Vice Commander and Chaplin. He was the Department Vice Commander in 2014-2015. Sherman serves on the Mountaineer Boys State, Inc., Board of Directors. He is currently serving National level on the National Security Commission’s Unconventional Forces and Intelligence Committee.
Sherman is a member at Sand Run Baptist Church where he has served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Trustee and a Deacon. He was married in 1963 to the former Carol Ann Suder. They are the parents of two children, Stephanie Frankenfield and Christopher Baxa. Carol lost her battle to cancer in January 2013. They have four granddaughters, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. Sherman is still actively engaged in farming on the family farm where he grew up. He enjoys camping, hunting and fishing in West Virginia and Wyoming. Each year he goes to Wyoming in December elk hunting.