One of the greatest privileges of serving Montana in Washington, D.C., has been hearing the most admirable stories of Montanans who have fought for our nation all across the globe.
Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow served as an Army scout during WWII and fulfilled the requirements to become a war chief. Ben Steele served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was captured by the Japanese — he was a prisoner of war for 1,244 days during World War II. David Thatcher took part in the Doolittle Raid and was awarded the Silver Star. If you’ve ever seen the movie, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,” you’ll have seen Robert Walker play the part of Corporal Thatcher.
This year I led a bill in the Senate to designate three VA facilities after these Montanans, to preserve their legacies and serve as a reminder of our nation’s heroes. We owe a debt of gratitude to men and women like Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, Ben Steele, David Thatcher and many others.
As the son of a U.S. Marine, I have long had an appreciation for those who serve our nation in uniform. My father enlisted in the 58th Rifle Company in Billings in 1957 and it was through him that I first learned of the sacrifice and courage displayed by those who serve in our armed services.
They’re all around us every day and on this day, we honor them.