HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

3

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2010

 

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 stand as protectors of the lives and freedoms of individuals from other nations who cannot fight for themselves; and

 

WHEREAS, known for its 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 of 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, risking 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 facing 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, to be a recipient of the Hawaii Medal of Honor, at the time the armed forces member was killed in action, the recipient must also have been a member of:

 

         The Hawaii National Guard, the United States Military Reserves, or the 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 and 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-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, 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 Specialist Christopher P. Sweet;

         United States Army Specialist Cwislyn K. Walter;

         United States Army First Lieutenant Daniel B. Hyde;

         United States Army Sergeant Raphael A. Futrell;

         United States Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Francis L. Toner, IV;

         United States Army Sergeant Devin C. Poche;

         United States Army Corporal Michael J. Anaya;

         United States Army Command Sergeant Major Benjamin Moore, Jr.;

         United States Army Staff Sergeant Randy S. Agno;

         United States Air Force First Lieutenant Roslyn L. Schulte;

 

 

 

 

 

         United States Army Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur;

         United States Army Major Rocco M. Barnes;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joshua R. Whittle;

         United States Army Corporal Casey L. Hills;

         United States Marine Corps Corporal Matthew R. Lembke;

         United States Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class (Hospital Corpsman) Anthony C. Garcia;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal James D. Argentine;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Travis T. Babine;

         United States Marine Corps Sergeant Jay M. Hoskins;

         United States Marine Corps Corporal Christian A. Guzman Rivera;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joshua M. Bernard;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal John J. Malone;

         United States Marine Corps Private First Class Zachary D. Tenbrook;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Alfonso Ochoa, Jr.;

         United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Earl R. Scott, III;

         United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mathew C. Heffelfinger;

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Mark David Juarez; and

         United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jacob A. Meinert,

 

and honors and remembers the sacrifice 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 Tuesday, March 23, 2010, to present the Hawaii Medal of Honor to the family or representative of each recipient.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

2010 Hawaii Medal of Honor