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House Proceeding on Feb 23rd, 2009 :: 0:22:30 to 0:27:00
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Joe Wilson

0:22:26 to 0:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: from guam has adequately explained this particular bill. i but i wish to yield three minutes to the gentleman from south carolina mr. wilson to speak for this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you for yielding. it's my honor to join in supporting h.r. 44, this bill has actually passed the house last year with bipartisan support.

Joe Wilson

0:22:30 to 0:27:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

0:22:48 to 0:23:09( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: i want to commend the congresswoman from guam for her leadership on this issue. i have had the privilege of traveling with miss bor around the world. everywhere i go she finds

Joe Wilson

0:23:10 to 0:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: persons of cha muiro -- chamuro descent, can you tell immediately there's deep affection between the people she represents and their member of congress. additionally you can tell how wonderful the people are of guam by their extraordinary loyalty and service to the people of the united states. i had the extraornary privilege last ek of

Joe Wilson

0:23:31 to 0:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: participating in a program with major general donald goldhorn of the guam national guard. i was present with congresswoman bordallo, with our colleague congressman and ranking member ortiz ofexas. we were present at the national guard program where the national guard of guam was recognized as

Joe Wilson

0:23:52 to 0:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: the number one national guard in the united states in terms of percentage of membership of state or territory. i particularly was very appreciative, i'm a 31-year veteran of the reserves and guard. i have three sons serving in the army national guard. so i know of the great opportunities that can be had by serving in the nationa guard

Joe Wilson

0:24:15 to 0:24:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: and the territory of guam has truly come forward to be first in our country of percentage of membership. it's already been stated that in my visit last week we visited with the memorial to the marines that liberated guam in july of 1943. it was extraordinary to find out

Joe Wilson

0:24:37 to 0:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: -- 1944 -- to find out within one hour of the attack on pearl harbor, the people of guam went under attack by the imperial japanese forces. they seized control of the island of guam. the island was inhad been bitted by 22,000 united states nationals. the the island was occupied for 31 months.

Joe Wilson

0:24:58 to 0:25:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: itas very brutal. the people were subject to execution, beatings, rape, forced labor, and forced march. all the residents were interned in concentration camps in the closing months of the occupation. this week i had the extraordinary opportunity to read a book abo the occupation by the former congressman, ben

Joe Wilson

0:25:20 to 0:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: blast, a retired major -- ben blast -- ben blas, a retired major general. this was a 1-year-old boy who -- 13-year-old boy who sadly lived his teenage years under the brutal occupation of the imperial japanese forces. there was so many facts in there

Joe Wilson

0:25:41 to 0:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: that the american people should know, but one of them that was particularly shocking to me that there were six americans, military personnel, who escaped as the japanese seize the control -- seized control of the island. five of them upon capture were summarily executed. the sixth person was hidden

Joe Wilson

0:26:04 to 0:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: during the 31-month occupation. and survived. thanks to the people of guam. mr. bishop: i yield another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: i also would like to point out that the guam memorial claims act of 1945 was passed within months o the cessation of hostilities for the immediate

Joe Wilson

0:26:25 to 0:26:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: lief of the people of guam. but there are deficiencies that have been discovered in the last 64 years. they need to be corrected. i also want to point out the strategic importance of guam. last week was recognized by the agreement between japan and the united states. and 8,000 marines are being relocated from okinawa to guam.

Joe Wilson

0:26:48 to 0:27:00( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Wilson: i'm grateful to be here. we have extraordinary fellow citizens living on guam. great americans. and therefore i urge that we adopt h.r. 44 which will update

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