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Tribute To Marine Private First Class Giles Mccoy And The Uss “Indianapolis” Crew July 15, 2016
William Clay, D-MO
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a constituent of mine, Marine Private First Class Giles McCoy, and the rest of the USS Indianapolis crew who were on board before the ship was tragically sunk on July 30, 1945 just after midnight. Of the 1,196 members who were on board, 900 were able to make it into the water. The men floated in the water while at the mercy of the sharks lurking beneath them. The Captain of the ship was not alerted that there were enemies in the water due to the fact that his ship was carrying crucial parts for the atomic bomb. The crew was sure that they would be rescued after they did not show at their destination; however, due to the secrecy of the mission, the Navy did no such thing. Slowly, the men perished in the water due to lack of hydration and the merciless shark attacks that kept on coming. Out of the 900 men who made it into the water, only 317 made it out alive. They were accidently spotted by Lieutenant Gwinn while he was on patrol in an airplane. This event happened four days after the ship sunk. They were rescued after five. Tragically, the Navy court martialed Captain McVay for not taking precautions like zig zagging his ship to avoid enemy fire; however, he was not made aware of the possible enemies lurking nearby the vessel. Captain McVay was shamed publically for being responsible for the deaths of his crew. He was a recipient of so much hate mail that he tragically committed suicide in 1968. He was seventy years old. The surviving crew has publically said that they do not believe the Captain was at fault, and in 1999 a hearing was held with a survivor, in the Senate. One survivor, Cleatus Lebow, said at the hearing that Captain McVay was unjustly court martialed. His name was cleared with a Senate resolution in the year 2000. In 2001, the Secretary of the Navy ordered Captain McVay’s record to be cleared. The brave crewmembers inspired many movies like Men of Courage that was released in 2016. I stand here today to honor my constituent who survived the sinking, Marine Private First Class Giles McCoy. I honor all of the crew that perished and those who survived."
Mourning Slain Dart Police Officer Brent Thompson July 8, 2016
Joe Barton, R-TX
"One of the officers who was killed was an officer named Brent Thompson. He was a constituent of mine from Corsicana, Texas, and was a graduate of Corsicana High School. He was 43 years old. He had just gotten married 2 weeks earlier. He was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer, a DART officer, and he was shot—targeted—in cold blood by, apparently, an organized effort to target police officers, perhaps even Anglo police officers, in Dallas. "
Conference Report On S. 524, Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Of 2016 July 8, 2016
Fred Upton, R-MI
"Absolutely is the answer, yes. Section 601, the State demonstration grants for comprehensive opioid abuse response, is designed to allow States the flexibility to do what is right and aid in establishing a comprehensive response. Under this grant, we emphasize prevention and treatment, but those are not the only two ways to address the opioid epidemic. Recovery, like the good work that Chairman Goodlatte cited in his district, as it is in mine, is equally as important."
Honoring The Life Of Charlotte Nurge July 8, 2016
Barbara Comstock, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Charlotte Nurge, a constituent of mine who passed away at the age of 95 on June 29 of this year in Ashburn, Virginia."
In Honor Of The 50Th Anniversary Of The Town Of Jerome, Arizona July 1, 2016
Paul Gosar, R-AZ
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a town from my district, Jerome, Arizona. The Town of Jerome recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a National Historic Landmark. Jerome was founded in the late 1800’s on a hill near rich supplies of minerals. The town was named after one of the founders of the United Verde Copper Company that mined those very hills, and it eventually hosted the largest copper producing mine in the Arizona Territory. When it was designated a National Historic Landmark, it was proclaimed that “this site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.” The Town of Jerome has been beneficial to the growth of our nation in so many ways. It has provided the copper in the wiring that spread electricity across the country as well as the materials that aided our troops in both World Wars. The Town of Jerome should be recognized not only for its historical contributions, but also for its ability to adapt and survive. During the Great Depression, many mining jobs were cut. In response, the town invested in tourism and retail sales. To increase tourism, Jerome hosts music festivals, historic-home tours, and a variety of businesses, such as craft stores, art galleries, coffee houses, wineries, and restaurants. The Town of Jerome is the type of community that perseveres in difficult times and flourishes in prosperity. This is a model community that should inspire the rest of society to work hard in order to succeed. I would like to congratulate the citizens of Jerome on 50 years of preserving such a unique National Historical Landmark, and wish them years of richness and success in the future."

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