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House Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2010 :: 1:26:00 to 1:31:30
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David Wu

1:25:57 to 1:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: coast guard members and officers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: i yield, madam speaker, such time as heay consume to mr. wu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. wu: i thank the gentleman. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to ask my

David Wu

1:26:00 to 1:31:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Wu

David Wu

1:26:19 to 1:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: colleagues to join me in supporting house resolution 1062 which recognizes coast guard group astoria's more than 60 years of service to the pacific northwest. and i thank the gentleman for his service in coast guard group astoria, his personal service, and want to welcome him back to oregon any time that he chooses

David Wu

1:26:40 to 1:27:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: to come. for more than six decades coast guard group astoria has served the people of oregon and washington and the pacific northwest. the 325 men and women of group astoria are responsible for patrolling more than 140 miles of coastline, stretching from queets, washington, to pacific

David Wu

1:27:02 to 1:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: city, oregon. one of the most dangerous and butiful expanses of water in the world. the group is comprised of station grace harbor in washington, station cape disappointment in washington, air station astoria in warrenton, oregon, aids navigation team astoria at

David Wu

1:27:24 to 1:27:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: tongue point, oregon, and station mcbay in oregon. group astoria carries out a diverse set of missions from search and rescue to law enforcement d from environmental protection to navigation maintenance. but its contributions to our community do not end there. coast guard members are also responsible for homeland

David Wu

1:27:46 to 1:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: security functions, vital to our national defense. moreover, group astoria personnel are ever-present sentals in card guarding our coastal waterways, enabling the safe and steady flo of both commercial and recreational traffic. and i want to ad as a personal note that i deeply appreciate the community service and community contributions of the

David Wu

1:28:08 to 1:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: many individuals in coast guard group astoria i have known over the past years. group astoria continues to embody the coast guard's motto, semper polatis, always ready, each and every day. these men and women risk their lives to ensure those who venture to sea return home and

David Wu

1:28:29 to 1:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: return home safely. each year coast guard group astoria responds to roughly 80 search and refs cue calls for help, assists more than 1,700 mariners, and saves nearly 100 lives. they do so in all types of weather and amid the many challenges of our harsh and beautiful coastline. one effort in particular stands

David Wu

1:28:52 to 1:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: out in my mind, not only for its heroism but also for the way that it lifted the spirits of all of those affected. in december, 2007, oregon was hit by winter storm with hurricane-force winds in excess of 130 miles per hour. the storm knocked out power i thousands of homes in northwest oregon and southwest washington

David Wu

1:29:14 to 1:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: and communication in many areas was completely cut off. . the coast guard ranks among the most courageous. for instance, coast guard air station astoria helicopter

David Wu

1:29:35 to 1:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: crews rescued over 140 people trapped by flooding in washington. in my personal visit there, a day or two after the storm, i met one of the rescue divers and he didn't tell me the story, but his colleagues did. with high winds blowing, he was dropped in the water near there and there was a residential

David Wu

1:29:56 to 1:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: structure there, a home there and not only were the lights on, the electricity was ill flowing to that house, but there was sheet metal flopping -- flapping in a very strong wind there. and at great risk to himself, he entered the home, ignoring the hazard posed by flying sheet metal, and he entered

David Wu

1:30:18 to 1:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: this home with the electricity on and the lights were still on and he found an elderly gentleman who was lying on a floating couch inside a flodded room. it takes a lot -- flooded room. it takes a lot of courage to do the right thing and bring the citizens of oregon and washington to safety.

David Wu

1:30:40 to 1:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: for their extraordinary heroism, many of the aircrews involved in these december, 2007, rescues were awarded the distinguished flying cross. group astoria's bravery during that storm is one example of the service to oregon's coast but it illustrates the selflessness and

David Wu

1:31:01 to 1:31:22( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: professionalism that gives group astoria its reputation. madam speaker, it is right and fitting that we should recognize coast guard group astoria's service to the pacific northwest. these brave men and women give so much to their fellow americans and ask so little in return. at this time i would like to specifically recognize the

David Wu

1:31:23 to 1:31:30( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: leadership of captain peter, who commanded group astoria during the 2007 winter storm,

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