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Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
May 23, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 74 — Daily Edition
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A TRIBUTE TO WWII VETERAN JERRY LUPTAK
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E746] A TRIBUTE TO WWII VETERAN JERRY LUPTAK ______ HON. DAVE CAMP of michigan in the house of representatives Thursday, May 23, 2013 Mr. CAMP. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Jerry Luptak, a Michigan resident, a veteran, and a hero of one of World War II's most infamous battles--the ``Battle of the Bulge.'' Jerry began his military career in the ROTC at Michigan State University. His group was called into duty and assigned to the 36th Infantry division. Upon landing in Italy, he and his unit fought through southern France, advancing the Allied line. During the Battle of the Bulge, Jerry served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 131st Field Artillery Battalion. He was positioned as a forward Artillery Observer on a bridgehead on the German side of the river, the very front of the Allied line. From his position in the fourth floor of a building, Jerry saw the enemy advancing with an overwhelming force of troops and tanks. Thinking quickly, Lieutenant Luptak called for his fellow troops to take cover, then called in an artillery barrage on the German advance. Still exposed in his fourth floor position, Jerry put his own life in danger to give the American forces their only chance at avoiding defeat. His quick decision-making and bravery proved successful, and the artillery barrage defeated the German advance. Lieutenant Luptak was awarded a silver star for his gallantry in action. According to his citation, Jerry ``effectively directed artillery fire was of material aid in crushing enemy attacks.'' This battle was an important stepping stone in halting the German opposition during World War II. Jerry's vast combat experience and tactical knowledge provided vital tools to the United States Armed Forces. In addition to his silver star, he also received the American Theater Service Medal, German Occupation Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. As Memorial Day approaches, all Americans should remember our brave servicemen and women, like Jerry Luptak, who dutifully and nobly answered the call to service for our nation, and the debt of gratitude we owe to them. On behalf of Michigan's 4th Congressional District, the Members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation, and all Americans, I thank Jerry Luptak for his dedicated and selfless service, and bravery in the face of the enemy. ____________________