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In Recognition Of The Westport River Watershed Alliance July 15, 2016
Bill Keating, D-MA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Westport River Watershed Alliance on the occasion of its 40th anniversary."
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."
Celebrating The 50Th Anniversary Of The Georgia Agribusiness Council July 15, 2016
Buddy Carter, R-GA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the success of the Georgia Agribusiness Council as the organization celebrates their 50th anniversary this year."
Honoring Chandler Ralph On Her Retirement July 15, 2016
Elise Stefanik, R-NY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize Ms. Chandler Ralph, the Chief Executive Officer of Adirondack Health. Ms. Ralph has dedicated 21 years of public service to the Adirondack community by expanding vital medical services across the Tri-Lakes Region. She first took the reins of Adirondack Medical Center as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1995. Since then, Ms. Ralph has worked tirelessly to provide access to quality patient care and has shown a firm commitment to improving the lives of those her organization has served. Throughout her career, Ms. Ralph has served as the Vice President for Operations and Planning at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Senior Manager with the Health Care Operations Consulting Group for Ernst & Young, and President and CEO for Mercy Center for Health Services at Mercy Hospital in Watertown, New York, before arriving at Adirondack Medical Center. In her community, she has been actively involved in organizations such as St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center, the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, and the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. Professionally, Ms. Ralph is a member of the American Hospital Association, the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), the ACHE’s Regent’s Advisory Committee, the Northeastern New York Healthcare Association, the Federation of American Health Systems, the Adirondack Health Institute, the New York State Medicaid Redesign Task Force, and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In addition, she is the founding chair of the Helena Ptochia Foundation, which strives to raise capital and operational funds to build and operate a hospital for women injured during childbirth in Ghana, West Africa. These accomplishments have earned Ms. Ralph the Adirondack Health Foundation’s Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award, the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, the New York State Woman of Distinction Award, the Friends of Mercy Award, the Health Care Association of New York State’s Innovation Award for establishing the North Country Uninsured Task Force, the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Regent’s Award, and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award. On this day, I want to take a moment to thank Ms. Chandler Ralph for her years of service to our district. Chandler, congratulations on your retirement, you are a true leader and the North Country community thanks you for making this your home. Your humble leadership and key knowledge will be missed by many."
Tribute To The Town Of Mooresville, Indiana July 15, 2016
Todd Rokita, R-IN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and salute the Town of Mooresville, Indiana, as the official Home of the Indiana State Flag."

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