HONORING MR. RICHARD BIEDENBACH AS VETERAN OF THE YEAR
(Extensions of Remarks - February 15, 2017)

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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 27 (Wednesday, February 15, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E197-E198]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




         HONORING MR. RICHARD BIEDENBACH AS VETERAN OF THE YEAR

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                             HON. BOB GIBBS

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  Mr. GIBBS. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize Mr. Richard 
Biedenbach for his achievement as Veteran of the Year for 2016 by the 
Greater Canton Veterans Council.
  Upon his graduation from Central Catholic High School in Canton, 
Ohio, Mr. Biedenbach joined the Army in the 1960s, where he was 
stationed in Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War. As a 
photographer in West Germany, Mr. Biedenbach monitored East German 
activity near the border between East

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and West Germany. His contributions to the effort against the Soviet 
Union helped advance the cause for democracy around the world.
  After he was discharged from the Army at the rank of E-4 Specialist 
in 1963, Mr. Biedenbach dedicated his time to his fellow veterans, 
volunteering to transport veterans to and from the Veterans Affairs 
clinic in Canton. Today, he is a member of American Legion Canton Post 
44, where he serves on the Burial Honor Guard.
  On November 11, 2016, Richard was named Veteran of the Year by the 
Greater Canton Veterans Council for his selfless commitment to caring 
for and improving the lives of his fellow veterans.
  Mr. Speaker, it is truly an honor to represent SPC Richard Biedenbach 
in the United States Congress. He established a patriotic example for 
all Americans to emulate and I am humbled to recognize Mr. Biedenbach's 
service to our great nation.

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