PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE OF SALVADOR LARA AND JESUS DURAN; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 34
(House of Representatives - February 28, 2014)

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     PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE OF SALVADOR LARA AND JESUS DURAN

  (Mr. TAKANO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Salvador Lara 
and Jesus Duran, two Inland Empire heroes who, after decades of being 
overlooked, will be awarded the Medal of Honor.
  Salvador Lara served in World War II and, while in Italy in 1944, he 
``aggressively led his rifle squad in neutralizing multiple enemy 
strong points. The next morning, as his company returned the attack, 
Lara sustained a severe leg wound but did not stop to receive aid.''
  Jesus Duran served in Vietnam and saved several wounded Americans on 
a search-and-clear mission in 1969. According to his son, Chuy, ``His 
platoon was in a fight and a lot of guys were killed. He thought he was 
going to be left for dead, so he decided to take the M60 and unload.''
  Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, these heroes are no longer with us and 
they will receive their Medals of Honor posthumously, but we must never 
forget their sacrifice, for it is because of their bravery that we are 
able to continue spreading freedom throughout the world.

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