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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 3:10:05 to 3:22:40
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Max Baucus

3:09:48 to 3:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: quorum call: mrs. hutchison: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mrs. hutchison: i ask unanimous consent that the quo lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hutchison: madam president, we just had a beautiful, really incredible congressional gold

Max Baucus

3:10:05 to 3:22:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

3:10:09 to 3:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: medal ceremony honoringhe wasps. it was the largest number who ever attended or any ceremy in the capitol because we have now the wonderful new capitol annex that allows us to have a visitors center and a place to

Max Baucus

3:10:30 to 3:10:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: accommodate very big ceremonies. and this one had over 2,000 family members of the women air force service pilots who were honored by congress. and i thought it was worth making sure that the american people know that today was, in fact, a wonderful day of

Max Baucus

3:10:51 to 3:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: honoring women who did so much in world war ii and serve deserved the accolades that they got, but they did not get them after world war ii. they got the accolades today when congress recognized them with the highest honor that congress can give. i'd like to read the speech that

Max Baucus

3:11:14 to 3:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i gave at the ceremony and also just embellish a little bit about the wasp. i wrote a book called "american hero wins, the american women who shaped our country." and in that book i did chapters on trailblazers who had ton so

Max Baucus

3:11:35 to 3:11:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: much open doors for the future women leaders in our country. and i did i did a chapter on aviation. and the pioneers that i profiled were amelia earhart and jacqueline cochran. and jack rin cochran was --

Max Baucus

3:11:56 to 3:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: jacqueline cochran was a true pioneer as amelia earhart was. they were ctraries, amelia earhart a bill before jacqueline cochran. jacqueline cochran was the first to break the sound barrier. she was a protege of chuck jagr, who is the man who did break the sound barrier for the first

Max Baucus

3:12:17 to 3:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: time. he was a test pilot and a fabulous aviator. chuck jagr is still alive today. i saw him a few weeks ago. he was in dallas. and he wrote to anyone who knows anything about aviation. an he took jacqueline cochran under his wing and helped her

Max Baucus

3:12:39 to 3:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: an then she actually was the first woman to break the sound barrier. she also was tx -- she also was the woman who conceived the women air force service pilots and she was the leader during world war ii of this incredible group of women. and i want to read the remarks

Max Baucus

3:13:01 to 3:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that i made because it tells much of the story of the wasps and jacqueline cochran's leadership. as we celebrate women's history month, this is the perfect time for us to gather to honor the women air service pilots -- the air force service pilots now -- they were not in the air force

Max Baucus

3:13:22 to 3:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: at the time but they were called the wasps. we gave them the congressional gold medal, for these women truly did make history. america's first women to fly military aircraft, they blazed a trail in the sky that opened the door for today's women military pilots. by the time the war ended, 1,074

Max Baucus

3:13:45 to 3:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: women had earned their wings at avenger field in sweetwater, texas. 38 of those women were killed in the line of duty. throughout the war, these courageous women flew over 60 million miles around the world in every type of aircraft and on every type of mission flown by male pils except direct combat missions.

Max Baucus

3:14:07 to 3:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they were never commissioned, were never afforded active-duty military status and were not granted veteran status until 1977, 30 years after they had served. all these women volunteered to serve their country in wartime, and the reason they were formed, madam president, is that the men

Max Baucus

3:14:31 to 3:14:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: were needed to fly combat missions, they were the fire pilots, but we needed every person who could help in the noncombat fields and so for the first time, women were recruited and they flew the ferry missions, they flew -- they delivered aircraft, they delivered -- and they trained,

Max Baucus

3:14:52 to 3:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they trained pilots, they trained male pilots. so thedid all of the things that someone in the air force would do today except combat missions and that freed up more men to fly the combat missions. that's why they were recruited and why jacqueline cochran decided that this was a necessity and women were dying

Max Baucus

3:15:14 to 3:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to help, they wanted to serve. that's why all the wacs were created, that was the women's army corps, and that was headed by alvita colcaby, a wonderful woman in history, who also became part of president roosevelt's cabinet -- i mean president eisenhower's cabinet.

Max Baucus

3:15:36 to 3:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and so these women volunteered by the thousands during world war ii, women'sir corps and then the woman's army corps. these women volunteered to serve their country and they paid their own way to texas for training. when the war ended, the program ended and they paid their own way back home. those who were killed, the 38

Max Baucus

3:15:57 to 3:16:18( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: who were killed, were buried by their families, they had to pay their way -- for their bodies to be transported back to the burial grounds. they were not accorded the honor of having a flag on their caskets, and many of them were buried because the other wasps took up collections for the burial expenses.

Max Baucus

3:16:19 to 3:16:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: because they were not part of the military and, therefore, not accorded the honor of one who died in action. i wrote about the wasp in my book, "american hero wins: the spirited women who shaped our country," and these women surely did. despite their patriotic impact,

Max Baucus

3:16:40 to 3:17:03( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the wasps were never formally recognized by congress for their wartime military service until today. in both houses of congress, our senate and the united states house of representatives, psed the resolution to present the congressional gold medal. it was unanimous on both sides of the aisle. and it is the highest award given by congress.

Max Baucus

3:17:04 to 3:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we honor their service, the history they made and the history that they made possible for other women to make as a result of their courageous service. today we right a wrong and acknowledge our debt to these great patriots, women who are so worthy of this award and this recognition. i recognize today tom brokaw.

Max Baucus

3:17:25 to 3:17:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: tom was on the podium with us at the ceremony and, of course, tom wrote the book, "the greatest generation" that i think raised the awareness of america, about these people who served in world war ii. of course, the combat veterans who served in world war ii. and he chronicled those because

Max Baucus

3:17:46 to 3:18:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they served so valiantly in horrendous circumstances and they came home, never talked about it, didn't talk about it to their wives or their friends or their children. and they just we want back to life as normal and considered that that was their duty and now it was time to go back to work.

Max Baucus

3:18:08 to 3:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: well, tom brokaw i think did a wonderful service for all of us that he raised the awareness of that greatest generation and made us appreciate so much what they had done. but i said in the ceremony today that tom brokaw, who did come to this ceremony because he got to

Max Baucus

3:18:31 to 3:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: know about the wasps as well in all of his research, but really we were closing a circle of many of those who served in world war ii and were never recognized. we recognized the veterans, we recognized their incredible service in combat and in battle, but there were groups that have now received the congressional

Max Baucus

3:18:54 to 3:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: gold medal, and the wasps were the third of the three. the first was the tuskegee airmen, because they were an incredible group who served our country without recognition, they were all african-americans who flew missions, they had a huge success rate and they did not get the recognition until

Max Baucus

3:19:17 to 3:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: really the -- well, i will say they got recognition later, before we gave them the congressional gold medal, but that certainly topped off the recognition of their honorable and incredible service. and then there were the code talkers, the navajo code talkers, who did an incredible service in secret.

Max Baucus

3:19:39 to 3:20:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they promised they would not ever tell what they did and they didn't until they were given ave to talk about it, after which there was a movie made and they, too, have been recognized. and now the wasps, the women who were the first women to fly military missions but never made a part of the military.

Max Baucus

3:20:02 to 3:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i'm proud to have introduced the legislation. it was started on the senate started with barbara mikulski, my colleague from maryland, and myself. and that culminated in the celebration today. senator mikulski and i sheparded that bill through the senate and then it went to the house with representatives susan davis and

Max Baucus

3:20:26 to 3:20:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: illiana ros-lehtinen who passed it on the house side. and it passed in record time for gold medal resolution. and for this, i thank my colleagues in the senate and the house. it was barely a year, just a tad over a year, that it took to pass this, and many of the other -- there have not been too many gold medal resolutions,

Max Baucus

3:20:47 to 3:21:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: usually one per year, two at the most, but this usually takes much longer. but because these women are, of course, older and we wanted to do it as quickly as possible so as many of them as possible could come and, in fact, over 2,000 of the family members and

Max Baucus

3:21:08 to 3:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: these women did come. there were a couple of hundred who actually came who were in the wasp, and of the 1,076 -- 1,074 women who earned their wings, a couple of hundred were there today. and i wanted to thank them. and i ended my remarks today by

Max Baucus

3:21:33 to 3:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: saying that i thank the wasps and their families who have waited so long and traveled so far to be here today and hear these words. on behalf of a grateful nation, we thank you for your service. and the speaker was eloquent. the distinguishedinority leader in the house, our leader, senator harry reid and senator

Max Baucus

3:21:55 to 3:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mitch mcconnell, all participated with the secretary of the air force and then, of course, the four of us, the senate and house side who sponsored the resolution, spoke as well. and it was a beautiful ceremony, and i wanted to put that in the "congressional record" so that they get the recognition that

Max Baucus

3:22:17 to 3:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they so richly deserve and for which they have waited so long. thank you, madam president i yi the absence of a the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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