Remembering Bob Haney -- (Extensions of Remarks - June 16, 2004)
HON. RALPH M. HALL
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2004
Mr. HALL. Mr. Speaker, I am honored today to pay tribute to a dedicated patriot, great East Texan, and true friend who passed away recently-Bob Haney of Anna, Texas.
Bob and I became friends when we served together in the U.S. Navy in World War II. We stood together on the Copahee aircraft carrier when we received the notice that America had dropped atomic bombs on Japan. Bob was optimistic that the war would soon be over, and he told me that we would be home in a matter of weeks-and we were.
Bob became a lifelong advocate for veterans and for disabled American veterans. He served as a Veterans Service Officer in Dallas for many years and was my trusted advisor on military and veterans issues.
When we dedicated the World War II Memorial in Washington over Memorial Day
weekend, I thought of Bob and how much he would have enjoyed being one of the thousands of veterans who came to be a part of this historic event. So many veterans did not live to see the memorial become a reality, and so many were not able to make the trip-but the Memorial will stand as a lasting tribute to their service and their sacrifice.
Bob now is home-where he has joined his many shipmates who fought and died in the war. He will be missed by his many friends and his wonderful family-daughters Linda Martinez of Denison, Vickie Victoria Boaz of Howe, Evelyn Faye Fell of Kokomo, IN, Betty Paulette Jay of Van Alstyne and Renfro Pucket of Anna; sons Bob Ed Haney of Tioga, John David Haney of Anna and Fred Weaver Haney of Sherman; sisters Elizabeth Woolbright and Joy Belle Evans of Houston; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of his family and friends, I want to take this opportunity in the House of Representatives to pay our last respects to my shipmate, advisor and longtime friend, Bob Haney. God rest his soul.