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Roe Honors Fallen Heroes on House Floor

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Washington, May 22, 2019 | Whitley Alexander (202-226-6356) | comments

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, honored fallen servicemembers on the House Floor ahead of Memorial Day.

Below are his remarks as delivered on the House Floor:

“Next Monday is Memorial Day.

And for me, personally, I want to thank all the members of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Chairman and others.

You’ve seen today the work we’ve done in a bipartisan way to help our nation’s heroes.

And as I’ve said, for me, personally, as a veteran this is a very difficult day for me because it is a day that we mourn the loss of veterans who served on active-duty and that paid the ultimate price.

I want to just mention a few names of people.

First Sergeant Thomas E. Thayer, a tremendous man that I knew as a young boy growing up.

He was my Scoutmaster.

He was killed in the 101st Airborne.

He was killed in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star in 1965.

Johnny Parham - Johnny was also an Eagle Scout, as I am.

Johnny and I ran on the two mile relay team together in high school and, I have to say, we were pretty good.

Johnny died in 1969 in Vietnam and was unable to have the wonderful life that I’ve had.

[He was] unable to raise a family, have children and grandchildren, because of service to our nation.

Bob Perry, a young man that I went to elementary school with all the way through high school, and I found out at my high school reunion many years later that Bob also died in Vietnam.

We just heard today [about] Chief Petty Officer Bill Mulder, a highly decorated Navy Seal that protected this nation.

He has given up his life because of the invisible wounds of war.

I just want to thank all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Note: Watch the full video here.


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