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House Proceeding 07-20-09 on Jul 20th, 2009 :: 2:27:05 to 2:31:15
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Charles B. Rangel

2:27:02 to 2:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: colleague and my mentor, representative rangel, as much time as he may consume. mr. rangel: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro temp orded. mr. rangel: i thank chairman conyors and mr. smith for allowing this bill to come on the floor.

Charles B. Rangel

2:27:05 to 2:31:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charles B. Rangel

Charles B. Rangel

2:27:25 to 2:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: i congratulate chairman conyers and chairman johnson for making this becoming a reality and representative ros-lehtinen and representative watson and representative peter king. millions of young people throughout these united states in 1948 joined the military.

Charles B. Rangel

2:27:47 to 2:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: some of us were sent to for the dix and from there we went to fort lewis, washington to in the 2nd infantry division, the only division that was trained all over the world in order to be the one combat-ready division. sometime in june of 1950, we

Charles B. Rangel

2:28:10 to 2:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: were learning that the north koreans had invaded south korea. most of us didn't know where korea was, but we were prepared to fulfill our responsibility as infantry people. the 24th and 25th divisions were stationed in japan and they were immediately sent to south korea

Charles B. Rangel

2:28:33 to 2:28:54( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: and the truth was that the north koreans had driven them to the tip of the peninsula to such an extent that when we arrived in july, there was some question as to whether or not we could land, but we did in what they call the pusan per imetter. we fought from that to the 38th

Charles B. Rangel

2:28:55 to 2:29:15( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: parallel and as most of you know, general mcartur landed at inchan and we completely surrounded the enemy and moved up far beyond north korea until we reached the tip of that peninsula, which was the river

Charles B. Rangel

2:29:16 to 2:29:40( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: that separated south korea a north korea from china. it was then that the chinese entered and completely surrounded us and the entire 8th army and we lost so many, so many american lives, so many americans were captured, so much

Charles B. Rangel

2:29:41 to 2:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: pain was caused to so many families and to so many communities. . there are now only two million of theet veterans left. thousands of us die every day. and it just appears to me that notwithstanding the ft that in

Charles B. Rangel

2:30:02 to 2:30:22( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: my lifetime for most of it i have known nothing but wars that this one, which is referred to as the forgotten war, this is the most painful because so many veterans have never really received the sacrifices that they have made,

Charles B. Rangel

2:30:23 to 2:30:44( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: their families have suffered so much. so this is just a small way for america to be able to say that we don't know how many conflicts we will be able to call on our young people to defend our great nation or the principles in which we stand, but i thi this

Charles B. Rangel

2:30:45 to 2:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: is the least that we can do to have our flag to commemorate the so-called armistice that took place on july 27 so that we would know that in the hearts of all americans that there were people that made these sacrifices and america is thankful for it. mr. johnson, i appreciate the

Charles B. Rangel

2:31:06 to 2:31:16( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: fact that we brought this to the floor and i do hope that for the veterans who are left, fought in korea, and more importantly for

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