House Resolution 117 - Introduced

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  1  1                HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.    
  1  2     BY  TYMESON, QUIRK, BAUDLER, EICHHORN, HUTTER,
  1  3   HUSEMAN, CHAMBERS, TJEPKES, ALONS, WATTS, DE BOEF,
  1  4     FREEMAN, CARROLL, TOMENGA, RAYHONS, BOAL, DIX,
  1  5      PAULSEN, UPMEYER, DOLECHECK, J.R. VAN FOSSEN,
  1  6   ELGIN, ROBERTS, ARNOLD, HORBACH, VAN ENGELENHOVEN,
  1  7     KURTENBACH, SCHICKEL, SANDS, S. OLSON, JENKINS,
  1  8    MAY, LALK, RASMUSSEN, ANDERSON, SODERBERG, GIPP,
  1  9    J.K. VAN FOSSEN, LUKAN, JACOBS, HOFFMAN, STRUYK,
  1 10     GREINER, GRANZOW, D. TAYLOR, PETTENGILL, BERRY,
  1 11     HUNTER, WENDT, THOMAS, COHOON, DANDEKAR, MERTZ,
  1 12      BELL, DAVITT, SWAIM, KUHN, PETERSEN, MASCHER,
  1 13       WINCKLER, JOCHUM, LENSING, SMITH, FREVERT,
  1 14     D. OLSON, GASKILL, WESSEL=KROESCHELL, SHOMSHOR,
  1 15    REASONER, SCHUELLER, WHITEAD, SHOULTZ, REICHERT,
  1 16                  WHITAKER, and RAECKER
  1 17 A Resolution honoring Sergeant Major (Select) Brad Kasal
  1 18    for his rare courage and inspiring sacrifice in the
  1 19    Iraq war.
  1 20    WHEREAS, for over 200 years the Marines of the
  1 21 United States Marine Corps have been known for their
  1 22 bravery and devotion to duty; and
  1 23    WHEREAS, Sergeant Major Brad Kasal has proven his
  1 24 ability and displayed those qualities in serving our
  1 25 nation in Iraq; and
  1 26    WHEREAS, Sergeant Major Brad Kasal grew up on a
  1 27 farm near Afton, Iowa, hunted and fished as a kid,
  1 28 wrestled and played football in high school,
  1 29 detasseled corn and managed a restaurant to earn
  1 30 money; and
  2  1    WHEREAS, Sergeant Major Brad Kasal knew he wanted
  2  2 to be a Marine in the eighth grade, joined the Marine
  2  3 Corps straight out of East Union High School and
  2  4 excelled in marksmanship and physical fitness in boot
  2  5 camp; and
  2  6    WHEREAS, in his 20 years of military service,
  2  7 Sergeant Major Kasal did tours of duty in nearly 50
  2  8 foreign lands, including Operation Desert Storm in
  2  9 Kuwait, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and
  2 10 Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
  2 11    WHEREAS, during the early part of Operation Iraqi
  2 12 Freedom Sergeant Major Kasal earned a Purple Heart for
  2 13 wounds he suffered from enemy action but in his own
  2 14 words, he "gutted it out and kept going like a lot of
  2 15 Marines do", and he returned to duty and even
  2 16 volunteered for a second tour of duty because he was a
  2 17 leader and he felt he belonged with his young Marines;
  2 18 and
  2 19    WHEREAS, on November 13, 2004, during fierce
  2 20 fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, he vowed to leave no
  2 21 Marine behind, returned to save three wounded soldiers
  2 22 trapped in a house crawling with insurgents, received
  2 23 seven serious wounds from an automatic rifle, received
  2 24 40 shrapnel wounds from an exploding grenade when he
  2 25 shielded another Marine with his body and neglected
  2 26 his own injuries to treat his fellow soldier, lost 60
  2 27 percent of his body's blood without losing
  2 28 consciousness, and did all this while guarding the
  2 29 door and without loosening the grip on his gun; and
  2 30    WHEREAS, as a result of those wounds, Sergeant
  3  1 Major Kasal spent 35 days over the holidays bedridden
  3  2 and another 30 days at the Navy Hospital in Bethesda,
  3  3 Maryland, endured 20 surgeries and expects a full
  3  4 recovery because in his own words, "I'm a Kasal and
  3  5 we're tough"; and
  3  6    WHEREAS, in recognition for his heroism, sacrifice,
  3  7 and devotion to duty Sergeant Major Kasal is under
  3  8 consideration for the Congressional Medal of Honor,
  3  9 America's highest award for bravery; and
  3 10    WHEREAS, Iowa Families United for Our Troops and
  3 11 Their Mission stands with steadfast support for
  3 12 Sergeant Major Kasal and all men and women serving to
  3 13 protect the freedom for all Americans, for the
  3 14 families of our service men and women, and for the
  3 15 families of our fallen heroes; NOW THEREFORE,
  3 16    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
  3 17 That the House of Representatives, on behalf of all 3
  3 18 million fellow Iowans and Iowa Families United for Our
  3 19 Troops and Their Mission, honors Sergeant Major Brad
  3 20 Kasal for his "Iowa Toughness and Tenacity", his
  3 21 patriotic service to America, his devotion to the
  3 22 highest principles of military service, and his
  3 23 undaunted courage under hostile fire; and
  3 24    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon adoption, an
  3 25 official copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  3 26 presentation to Sergeant Kasal so that he knows
  3 27 without a doubt that Iowans are proud of him and his
  3 28 fellow troops and look forward to welcoming him back
  3 29 home when his military service is concluded.
  3 30 LSB 5724HH 81
  4  1 jr:rj/sh/8

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