(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1514]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                            HON. ADAM SMITH

                             of washington

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the life and 
work of Reverend Ralph Carney. Since 1999, Father Ralph Carney has 
served as the Catholic Chaplain at Madigan Medical Center in Washington 
State, conducting mass and ministering to both patients and staff. His 
passing is a great loss to the community at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
  Rev. Carney was born in 1923. During World War II, he was a sailor 
along the South American coast and during his career, would serve in 
the Navy, Air Force, and Army.
  Following World War II, Father Carney became ordained as a Catholic 
priest. Rev. Carney went on to serve as a chaplain for the Air Force 
and Army. In 1964, Rev. Carney went to Vietnam to work with combat 
soldiers. Upon his retirement from the Army, he began working at 
Western State Hospital and after he was a priest at St. John Bosco 
Catholic Church in Lakewood, WA.
  Rev. Carney began working at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1999 and 
continued his work there until his passing on August 26, 2012 at age 
89. He was deeply passionate about serving those who serve our country. 
Never being one to slow down, Rev. Carney continued his work up until 
his last days.
  Mr. Speaker, it is with great honor that I celebrate the life of 
Father Carney. His service to our country and the men and women who 
serve to defend it will not be forgotten.