April 29, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 69 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
Tribute to Walt Stine (Executive Calendar); Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 69
(Senate - April 29, 2019)
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[Pages S2479-S2480] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Tribute to Walt Stine Mr. President, a piece of good news. I want to talk about Walt Stine from Hartville, OH, an Ohio veteran. His story is a reminder of the caring and fundamental decency of the people of my State. It is a reminder of our country's veterans' comradery and dedication to each other--veterans from Arkansas, veterans from Ohio, all over this country. Two decades ago, Mr. Stine's friend found a Purple Heart at a flea market. He bought it, and he gave it to Walt Stine, hoping his friend, a World War II veteran, would know how to return it to its rightful owner. Mr. Stine then set out on a quest--this was long before the internet, making it much harder--to return the Purple Heart to the stranger who had earned it, who had received it decades earlier during the Vietnam war. Mr. Stine said of the Purple Heart: It means a lot to me. They don't pass them out in Cracker Jack boxes . . . you really have to earn `em. And I know he earned his, and I want to get it back to him or his family. Mr. Stine and his wife, Sandy, tried and tried. They wrote letters. They made phone calls. They couldn't find the veteran. The veteran, he said, was named Cox Bartelmay. Finally, they realized there was a typo in the letter awarding the Purple Heart. The veteran's name was actually Coy Bartelmay, but the print said Cox Bartelmay, C-o-x. [[Page S2480]] Once they figured out it was a typo, they realized it was Coy Bartelmay. He was a Vietnam veteran. He had lost half his leg during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart that Mr. Stine's friend found buried in one of the booths at the flea market. Tragically, Mr. Bartelmay was killed in a car crash after returning home from the war, but his family still lives in Illinois. Because of Mr. Stine's dedication, that Purple Heart is now on its way back to the recipient's family, the family of the gentleman who fought for this country and earned that Purple Heart in Vietnam. I want to thank Rob Powers with WEWS in Cleveland for telling this story. It is the kind of work that local journalists do every day to celebrate what people do in our communities. I want to thank Mr. Bartelmay's family for his service and, of course, thank you to Walt Stine for his dedication to our country, for his service to our country, and to your fellow veterans. I yield the floor. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Daines). The majority leader. ____________________