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Recognizing Sergeant James Lane Talley—Scottsdale Healthcare’S “Salute To Military” Honoree

Rep. Harry E. Mitchell

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Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a member of the Armed Forces from my home state of Arizona. Each month, Scottsdale Healthcare recognizes service members who perform diligent service to our country. Scottsdale Healthcare has posthumously recognized Sergeant James Lane Talley for the month of November.

I commend Scottsdale Healthcare for paying tribute to this outstanding service member for his commitment, dedication, and sacrifice for our country.

Sergeant (SGT) Talley entered the U.S. Army during the beginning years of the Vietnam conflict and joined the ranks of Special Forces soldiers assisting the Republic of Vietnam, RVN, as an advisor. In June of 1964, Sergeant Talley and two other Americans along with 103 Montagnard soldiers left their base camp for a dismounted patrol. In a firefight two days into the patrol, SGT Talley fought valiantly but was ultimately captured by North Vietnamese soldiers. Although the Military conducted an extensive search, SGT Talley has never been found either dead or alive. He is officially listed as killed in action, body unrecoverable. For the heroism displayed during this battle, SGT Talley was awarded our nations third highest award for valor, the Silver Star. SGT Talley's other awards include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Campaign Medal, the RVN Wound Medal, and the POW Medal. Additionally, SGT Talley earned the Special Forces Tab, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

SGT Talley is the father of Scottsdale Healthcare's Roland Breidel, from the Osborn Construction Department.

Madam Speaker, please join me in recognizing this outstanding Soldier for serving our country and making the ultimate sacrifice.