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Hal BidlackHal BidlackFebruary 23, 20186min1850

I never had the honor of personally meeting Lt. Jim Downing, USN, in life, but I knew about him. He was the oldest surviving service member from the attack on Pearl Harbor on that long-ago December day. We lost Lt. Downing last week, at the remarkable age of 104. He was a proud Coloradan and back in 2015, when he was only 101, I played a small role in Lt Downing’s trip to Washington DC, to be the guest of Sen. Michael Bennet at that year's State of the Union address. Like my own WWII veteran father, when I looked at pictures of Lt. Downing, I saw the face of an old man, making it hard to remember just how young they once were. At five score and ten, in some ways Lt. Downing was no longer the 27-year-old who faced the Japanese attack. But in a more important way, he was a reminder of the Greatest Generation and the sacrifices they made.



Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 27, 20173min267
Here’s something to feel good about. Congress is considering renaming the Stockyard Stations Post Office in Denver for a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who worked there for 27 years. George T. “Joe” Sakato was a California-born citizen of Japanese descent who was once classified as an “enemy alien.” He died on Dec. 2, 2015, at his home […]

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Scott TiptonScott TiptonNovember 12, 20166min529

Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the privilege of meeting many veterans from across the 3rd Congressional District and hearing fascinating stories detailing their military service and their contributions to communities across Colorado. Pueblo is among my favorite places to visit in our district. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, and it has a rich history that is filled with memories of the still-active 135-year-old steel mill. Perhaps most importantly, the people of Pueblo have a long tradition of selfless service to our nation.


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsMarch 17, 20169min420

For the second time in my life, I’ve shaken the hand of a Medal of Honor recipient. The first time was in the early 1980s when I worked for The Gallup Independent in Gallup, N.M., and got to know Heroshi Miyamura. The Gallup native, known as “Hershey,” in 1951 in Korea killed more than 50 enemy soldiers, including hand-to-hand fighting with a bayonet, while ordering his men to fall back.