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Senate Proceeding on Jun 17th, 2009 :: 1:26:35 to 1:35:00
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Tom Udall

1:26:32 to 1:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: appropriate order so that we've -- as i mentioned, we will have at least eight of those passed by recess so we can do ou appropriate manner. mr. president, i yield the floor, and thank you for the time. the presiding officer: the senator from new mexico. mr. udall: mr. president, i

Tom Udall

1:26:35 to 1:35:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

1:26:53 to 1:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. udall: mr. president, i rise today to honor a proud son of almagordo, new mexico. army specialist chris on thursday, june 4, after his vehicle was struck by an antitank grenade. was 23 years old.

Tom Udall

1:27:14 to 1:27:34( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in iraq, chris was responsible for escorting convoys, but this job description conveys none of the risk or the courage involved in the job. the military can secure a town or a base, but somebody must still travel the roads that cannot be secured. christopher kerth was

Tom Udall

1:27:35 to 1:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: responsible for undertaking this act of courage. chris knew how dangerous this job could be when he began his last mission. he was on his duty, and he had just recovered from a neck wound that won him the purple heart. but for chris, success was defined by keeping his fellow soldiers safe, and that's what

Tom Udall

1:27:57 to 1:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: he died fighting to do. the values reflected in this duty as they are in war. his job was to protect his fellow soldiers to be a good friend, and the most difficult of times. by serving them, he served his country. the characteristics that made

Tom Udall

1:28:19 to 1:28:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: chris a good soldier also made him a good friend when he was back in alamagordo. theyade him a good teacher when he volunteered to tell students at his former high school about his life as a soldier. and they made him a loving and loved son, brother, and husband. chris kerth lost his life keeping american soldiers safe.

Tom Udall

1:28:41 to 1:29:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: he was a proud soldier and a good man. my thoughts are with chris' parents and with his wife and with all those who knew and loved him. i ask you to join me today in remember his mr. president, i'd also like to speak on another matter today. and i rise to mark a solemn

Tom Udall

1:29:05 to 1:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: moment for the navajo nation and for our keupbt. in the past month three of america's veterans passed away. these men were members of the small group of marines known as the najo code talkers. their story is one of the most compelling in american military history.

Tom Udall

1:29:30 to 1:29:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in may of 1942, 29 navajo indians arrived at camp pendelton in california. they were there to develop a code that could be deployed ease lip and would not be jacked by japanese cryptographers. they became a team of roughly 400 navajos responsible for building and using their code.

Tom Udall

1:29:51 to 1:30:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: their success in that mission helped the marines capture iwo jima. it contributed to the american victory and it saved untold numbers of allied soldiers. as most world war ii veterans were returning home with stories of courage and victory, the navajo code talkers were ordered

Tom Udall

1:30:12 to 1:30:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to keep their story secret. their mission was classified. only in 1968 was it revealed to the world. and only in 2001 did these men finally receive the recognition they deserved when they were presented with congressional medals it's often said that america's diversity makes her strong, and

Tom Udall

1:30:33 to 1:30:54( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: during world war ii, this country's cultural diversity contributed to america's military strength in a very real and concrete way. because the navajo language had survived and had been passed down, americans the japanese were never able to crack. a weapon they could not counter.

Tom Udall

1:30:55 to 1:31:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: america is unique among the countries of the world. almost every other country on earth finds its sense of solidarity in a common race and common culture. even countries as diverse as o own trace their heritage to some imagined community ordinarily than their political -- older than their political institutions.

Tom Udall

1:31:16 to 1:31:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: our nation has always defined itself by its ideals, not by race or culture. though we have not always lived up to this vision of a truly multicultural democracy, it has guided our development and spurt our progress. when the navajo code talkers first arrived at camp pendleton, there were those who considered

Tom Udall

1:31:39 to 1:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: them less than fully equal. s. law had only acknowledged native americans as citizens for 17 years when our country entered world war ii. many of the code talkers were born as noncitizens in a land that they had belonged dhash had belonged to their people before the europeans knew it existed.

Tom Udall

1:32:02 to 1:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: yet 45,000 of 350,000 native americans in this country served in the armed forces during that conflict, including 400 navajo code talkers. the native americans who signed up to serve this country in the armed forces were sending a message that they, just as much as anyone else, were citizens of

Tom Udall

1:32:24 to 1:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the united states of america. their people were just as much a part of this country's cultural at thatapestry as any other. in the navajo code, the word for america was "our mothe as one code talker has explained, our mother stood for freedom, our recialtion our ways of life, and that's why we went

Tom Udall

1:32:45 to 1:33:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in. the nast hoe marines identified their culture with their country. when they fought, they fought for both. in fact, value is inat the grail to the navajo experience spurred them to fight in america's war against tyranny, as americans who face bigotry and injustice, they eagerly signed on to free

Tom Udall

1:33:07 to 1:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: others from oppression. as individual with the legacy of aggression against their people, they felt keenly the need to prevent others' acts of aggression. even if these acts were shall perpetrated on the otheride of the world. the passing of the three code

Tom Udall

1:33:28 to 1:33:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: talkers, thousands of miles and dozens of years from the events that made them heroes, should make us all rember the great patriotism and honor that all th code talkers displayed. it should make us appreciate their work and honor their memory, and it should make us proud to live in a country where

Tom Udall

1:33:49 to 1:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: such things are possible. as time does the japanese guns could never do the code talkers are slowly leaving us. only 80 of the original 400 rein with us. too soon these men will live only in our memories. let us keep those memories

Tom Udall

1:34:10 to 1:34:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: strong, lest we lose the inspiration they can offer. to willie begay, thomas claw and john brown injure h. jr., we honor your lives and mourn your passing. to awful code talkers alive and beyond, we celebrate your service. whenever stories of courage and patriotism are told, we will

Tom Udall

1:34:31 to 1:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: think of you. thank you, mr. president, and i note the absence the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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