IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, (VBOB) OHIO NORTH COAST CHAPTER XXXVI; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - May 11, 2010)

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IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, (VBOB) 
                     OHIO NORTH COAST CHAPTER XXXVI

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                        HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, May 11, 2010

  Mr. KUCINICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor and recognition of 
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, (VBOB) Ohio North Coast Chapter 
XXXVI. Their individual and collective courage, sacrifice and service 
on behalf of our nation will be forever remembered.
  The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle of World War II 
and one of the deadliest battles in American history. By the end of the 
battle, nearly 20,000 American soldiers were dead and more than 80,000 
were wounded. The German surprise attack on American troops began on 
December 16, 1944 in the snow-covered Ardennes Mountains of Belgium and 
Luxembourg. It ended with an Allied victory. This courageous stand by 
American troops proved to be a major turning point in the war; it 
contributed to the defeat of the Nazis and the liberation of Europe.
  The VBOB Chapter XXXVI was chartered on July 16, 1994. Forever 
connected by their shared experience, Veterans from throughout northern 
Ohio gathered to meet on a regular basis. Though the Chapter is now 
disbanding, its members were active. They held annual commemoration 
dinners in honor of their friends who lost their lives and led the 
effort to construct a memorial in honor of the soldiers who fought in 
the Battle of the Bulge. That monument, located in The Ohio Western 
Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio, was dedicated on June 6th, 
2002.
  Madam Speaker and Colleagues, please join me in honor of and 
gratitude to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, many 
of whom made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation. I also 
stand in honor of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, the Ohio 
North Coast Chapter XXXVl. The heart and grit that each young soldier 
exhibited in the midst of that battle will be honored forever.

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