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Senator Joe Donnelly honors fallen Indiana service members on senate floor

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana spoke on the senate floor and honored three service members who died in the last year, including Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Williams of Elkhart.

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor several Hoosier service members who died in the last year.

Among the service members honored were Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Williams of Elkhart, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in December 2013. Williams was honored with a Purple Heart award in April. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who were wounded or killed in action. It was presented to his mother, father and daughter.

Donnelly also honored Air Force Tech Sergeant Dale Matthews of Rolling Prairie and Army Staff Sergeant Randall Lane of Indianapolis.

“These men are true heroes,” said Donnelly. “They served their country with distinction. They made their family, friends, and all of the people of Indiana proud, and all of the people of America proud, and I send my continued thoughts and prayers to their families. I was proud to see my fellow Hoosiers come together in reflection and remembrance when we lost these three American sons, and I’d ask that we do the same this Memorial Day.”

Many local organizations will commemorate fallen soldiers for Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, in Elkhart and Cass counties




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