(Senate - September 19, 2012)

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[Pages S6466-S6467]
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  Ms. CANTWELL (for herself and Mrs. Murray) submitted the following 
resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 567

       Whereas George Hickman was renowned as a Tuskegee Airman, a 
     treasured leader in the Seattle community, and the lucky 
     charm of Seattle sports until his passing on August 19, 2012, 
     at the age of 88;
       Whereas George Hickman leaves behind a loving wife of 57 
     years, Doris, 4 children, Regina, Sherie, Vincent, and 
     Shauneil, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild;
       Whereas George Hickman served as a Tuskegee Airman and was 
     one of the first African-American fighter pilots trained for 
     World War II;
       Whereas George Hickman served in the United States Army Air 
     Corps from 1943 to 1945;
       Whereas the honorable service of George Hickman and the 
     other Tuskegee Airmen directly led to the desegregation of 
     the Armed Forces of the United States;
       Whereas George Hickman received the Congressional Gold 
     Medal in 2007 with his fellow Tuskegee Airmen;
       Whereas George Hickman was a special guest along with 
     nearly 200 other Tuskegee Airmen at the 2009 inauguration of 
     President Barack Obama;
       Whereas George Hickman worked as a B-52 engineer for Boeing 
     from 1955 until his retirement in 1984;

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       Whereas George Hickman was a beloved usher at University of 
     Washington athletic events for more than 40 years; and
       Whereas George Hickman also was a fan favorite as an usher 
     at Seattle Seahawks games for nearly a decade: Now, 
     therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) commends the long and loving life of George Hickman, 
     his service to the United States as a Tuskegee Airman, and 
     his role as an aviation pioneer;
       (2) recognizes the service George Hickman performed for his 
     country and his significance as a role model for African-
     American military pilots;
       (3) recognizes the contributions of the greatest generation 
     who fought for the freedoms of the people of the United 
     States; and
       (4) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate 
     transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution for appropriate 
     display to Doris Hickman, the University of Washington 
     Athletic Department, and the Seattle Seahawks organization.