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Calling for Repatriation of POW/MIAS and Abductees from Korean War

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res. 376. H. Res. 376 was authored, introduced and sponsored by a true American hero--my good friend, the Honorable Charles Rangel--and I am proud to be an original cosponsor.

H. Res. 376 calls for the repatriation of POW/MIAS and abductees from the Korean War, and I know this legislation is near and dear to Congressman RANGEL's heart, as was the Resolution he introduced last year to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Last year's Resolution, which was passed by Congress and signed by the President, should have born Charlie Rangel's name, but due to back and forth between the House and Senate he did not receive the credit he deserved. I stand to credit him now.

In a black unit led mostly by white officers, acting Sergeant CHARLES RANGEL was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his heroic service in the Korean War, having led his comrades from behind enemy lines in circumstances few of us have ever known. I commend the Honorable Charles Rangel for his valor, sacrifice and courage.

I also thank the Korean American community in Los Angeles and New York, and especially Mr. Dongsuk Kim, founder and former President of the Korean American Voters' Council; Mr. Mi-il Lee, President of the Korean War Abductees' Family Union (KWAFU); and Dr. Hong-Sik Shin for their tireless efforts in support of this Resolution. Their leadership in pushing this forward is the reason why I believe this historic Resolution will pass the House today.

On behalf of all those who served and sacrificed, I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of H. Res. 376.

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