Bill Text: HI HCR35 | 2012 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Hawaii Medal of Honor Recipients

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2012-02-02 - (H) Resolution adopted in final form. [HCR35 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2012-HCR35-Introduced.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

35

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

AWARDING THE HAWAII MEDAL OF HONOR TO UNITED STATES MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS WITH HAWAII CONNECTIONS KILLED in ACTION WHILE SERVING IN DANGEROUS, VOLATILE, AND UNSTABLE AREAS OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

 

 

 


     WHEREAS, in times of threats to our nation's security, the United States Armed Forces stand ready to defend and protect our nation; and

 

     WHEREAS, the United States Armed Forces also protect the lives and freedoms of individuals from other nations who cannot fight for themselves; and

 

     WHEREAS, known for their highly skilled military personnel, unwavering patriotism, and undiminishing compassion for others, the United States Armed Forces bravely answered the call to fight for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan; and

 

     WHEREAS, as a central location for armed forces training and preparation, the State of Hawaii sent many of its own National Guard and Military Reserves service members and United States Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy service members to protect Iraqi and Afghan citizens; and

 

     WHEREAS, in the course of active and unpredictable military duty, members of the military often become engaged in dangerous situations, endangering their own lives as they act to protect innocent civilians; and

 

     WHEREAS, many airmen, airwomen, soldiers, marines, and sailors with ties to Hawaii have been called to serve in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq and Afghanistan, coming into contact with opposing forces on a daily basis; and

     WHEREAS, it was with utmost bravery that many heroes with ties to Hawaii were killed in action, sacrificing their lives to protect the lives of American and foreign citizens; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Medal of Honor may be awarded to individuals who have been killed in action, while:

 

        Engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; or military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or

 

        Serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party; or in a combat zone as designated by presidential order; and

 

     WHEREAS, each recipient of the Hawaii Medal of Honor was killed in action and was a member of:

 

        The Hawaii National Guard, United States Military Reserves, or Regular United States Armed Forces, who was a legal resident of the State of Hawaii; or an attendee of a school in Hawaii at some time during the life of the member; or

 

        The Regular United States Armed Forces, who was a legal resident of the State of Hawaii; or stationed in Hawaii by a proper order of the United States Department of Defense; and

 

     WHEREAS, the people of the State of Hawaii are enormously grateful for the service provided by these brave men and women, are greatly saddened by the loss of each armed forces member, and stand by the surviving family members in support and with aloha; and

 

     WHEREAS, the service members will be forever remembered for their ultimate act of bravery as heroes who sacrificed their lives so others could be free; now, therefore,

     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2012, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature, pursuant to section 5-22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, awards, on behalf of the people of Hawaii, the Hawaii Medal of Honor to:

 

        United States Army Corporal Andrew C. Wilfahrt;

 

        United States Army Staff Sergeant Mark C. Wells;

 

        United States Army Sergeant Kevin W. White;

 

        United States Army Private First Class Thomas C. Allers;

 

        United States Army Specialist William S. Blevins;

 

        United States Army Private First Class Andrew M. Krippner;

 

        United States Army Staff Sergeant Kristofferson B. Lorenzo;

 

        United States Marine Corps Private First Class Josue Ibarra;

 

        United States Army Private First Class Joshua L. Jetton;

 

        United States Army Specialist Levi E. Nuncio;

 

        United States Army First Lieutenant Dimitri A. Del Castillo;

 

        United States Army Staff Sergeant Nigel D. Kelly;

 

        United States Army Specialist Kevin J. Hilaman;

 

        United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Christopher L. Camero;

        United States Army Staff Sergeant James M. Christen;

 

        United States Army Sergeant Jacob Molina;

 

        United States Army Sergeant William B. Gross Paniagua;

 

        United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kraig M. Vickers;

 

        United States Marine Corps Corporal Nicholas S. Ott;

 

        United States Army Sergeant First Class Houston M. Taylor;

 

        United States Army Staff Sergeant Christopher R. Newman;

 

        United States Army Sergeant Christopher L. Muniz;

 

        United States Army Specialist Ronald Wildrick; and

 

        United States Army Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature honors and remembers the sacrifices of these armed forces heroes with ties to Hawaii who fought and died bravely for the United States of America, and sends its heartfelt appreciation and sympathy to surviving family members; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the names of these recipients be entered on the Hawaii Medal of Honor Roll; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the two houses of the Legislature assemble in Joint Session in the Chambers of the

House of Representatives at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, to present the Hawaii Medal of Honor to the family or representative of each recipient.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title: 

Hawaii Medal of Honor Recipients

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