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House Proceeding 07-14-09 on Jul 14th, 2009 :: 0:58:55 to 1:03:30
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John J. Jr.Duncan

0:58:52 to 0:59:12( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. filner: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. filner: this naming bill comes to us from the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan. he's a great supporter of nation and i'm going to leave it to him to explain what mr. tallent has done to deserve this honor and would reserve the

John J. Jr.Duncan

0:58:55 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )
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John J. Jr.Duncan

0:59:13 to 0:59:35( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: i yield as much time as he might consume to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. duncan: this is a bill to

John J. Jr.Duncan

0:59:36 to 0:59:56( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: name the veterans' outpatient colinnish -- veterans' affairs outpatient clinic in tennessee as the william c. tallent outpatient clinic. i'd like to thank mr. boozman and mr. filner for bringing this bill to the floor today and their assistance and the help of their staff in regards to this bill. in east tennessee, mr. speaker,

John J. Jr.Duncan

0:59:57 to 1:00:19( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: mr. is perhaps no person better known for devotion to area veterans than bill tallent. while the story of his service in world war ii reads like a hollywood script, his lifelong dedication to fellow veterans, his humble demeanor and his career as a public servant make him the perfect candidate for the naming of the veterans'

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:00:20 to 1:00:40( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: outpatient clinic in knoxville. following his capture by the nazis during the battle of the bulge, mr. tallent spent six months as a prisoner of war. during his capture, one lieutenant lined him and his fellow soldiers up against a wall and ordered their execution. but through the grace of god, a fellow soldier persuaded the

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:00:41 to 1:01:01( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: general to spare them and instead ship them to a prisoner of war camp. mr. tallent survived long enough to engineer an escape from this prisoner of war camp six months later with one other soldier, the only one willing execution if captured. as bill tallent made his way

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:01:02 to 1:01:22( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: across germany wearing at that timered clothes and sleeping in grave yards at night to avoid nazi groups, mr. tallent and his fellow soldier served searched for the american frontline. one day while on a scavenger trip, a buick wearing an american general came speeding down the street. bill tallent jumped in front of

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:01:23 to 1:01:43( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: the car and gave a salute. he was rescued. his rescue embd him two purple heart and one bronze star. while bill tallent's prisoner of war story is legendary, so is his service to veterans. mr. tallent founded the smokey mountain chapter of the next prisoners of war while he served as s commander.

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:01:44 to 1:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: during his tenure he helped compile the prisoner of war stories of other members and gave the public licksation to the knox -- publication to the knox county public library. he has dedicated himself to veterans and to this country. he was appointed by the governor to serve on the

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:02:06 to 1:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: veterans' administration policy board while he was -- brought a library to the town. he served as commander of the military order of the purple heart, chapter 356, member of the veterans of foreign wars chapter 173, and member of the disabled american veterans, chapter 26.

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:02:27 to 1:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: in addition to his service to veterans, mr. tallent devoted his professional career to the public good, serving as knox county commissioner of finance from 1953 to 1980. being re-elected to that position several times. mr. speaker, there is perhaps no greater sacrifice that an american can make than serving his country during a time of

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:02:48 to 1:03:08( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: war. bill tallent not only answered that call but did so with courage and humility. in 2003, he told the following to my hometown newspaper, "the knoxville news sent national," i would not go through what i went through again if you paid me $1 million to do it, but i would do the same thing again without mpensation just for

John J. Jr.Duncan

1:03:09 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: the privilege of living as a free american. mr. speaker, i think we can all agree we need more bill tallents in this world. i appreciate this opportunity to honor bill tallent and this country is a better place today because of him and his service to this country. and i urge my colleagues to

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