2:56 PM EDT
Eni Faleomavaega, D-AS

Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this joint resolution, and I yield myself such time as I may consume.

This resolution before us today, House Joint Resolution 86, recognizes the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and reaffirms the strong United States-Republic of Korea alliance. This resolution will help ensure that the bonds we forged in blood during the Korean War will never be forgotten.

Today, the United States and Republic of Korea relationship is stronger than ever, encompassing social, cultural, economic, security and diplomatic relations. Last year's joint vision statement between our two nations provided an important reminder to the importance of the bilateral relationship between our two countries. Our two countries are working as closely as ever on the problems of North Korea, which is critically important since North Korea continues its provocations, including nuclear

and missile tests and just recently the sinking of the South Korean ship, the Cheonan, which resulted in the deaths of some 46 sailors from this tragedy.

With President Lee chairing the G-20 meeting this year in South Korea, this is certainly indicative of South Korea's prominence in international trade and economic development. For our part, Madam Speaker, I have long supported the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement to further such growth. I continue to hope that the Congress will also pass this free trade agreement as soon as possible because it will reinforce U.S.-Korean ties and create American jobs. And for the benefit of my colleagues, I want

to note that this free trade agreement with South Korea will provide somewhere between $11 billion and $20 billion in export trade between our two countries which will be of tremendous benefit to both our countries.

I also want to thank my dear friend, the gentleman from New York, Congressman CHARLES RANGEL, for his service to our country during the Korean War, for his long and able service in the House of Representatives, and for his authorship of this important resolution. I also want to note our other colleagues who are also veterans of the Korean War, Congressman JOHN CONYERS of Michigan, Congressman SAMUEL JOHNSON of Texas, and Congressman HOWARD COBLE of North Carolina.

My apologies if I may have left out other Members. It was certainly not intentional, Madam Speaker, but I also want to thank them as well.

Congressman Rangel fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 as a member of the 503rd Battalion, an all-black artillery unit, in the 2nd Infantry Division. In late November 1950, his unit was engaged in heavy fighting in North Korea; and at the Battle of Kunu-ri, Congressman Rangel was part of a vehicle column that was trapped and attacked by the Chinese Army.

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During that attack, he was injured in the back by shrapnel from a Chinese bomb shell. In subzero weather, members of the 503rd Battalion looked to RANGEL, then just a private first class, for his leadership. During 3 days of freezing weather, he led approximately 40 men from his unit out of the Chinese encirclement.

When asked about his experience in battle, Congressman Rangel commented, ``That was the coldest place, ever, in the whole world. We lost a lot of guys who froze to death in their sleeping bags.'' Nearly half of the 503rd Battalion were killed in the overall battle. And might I mention, a battalion is composed of about 600 soldiers. So you can imagine if 50 percent of the 503rd Battalion were killed in the Korean War.

Congressman Rangel was later recognized for his courage and awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds and the Bronze Star for Valor for his heroic efforts. In addition, he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars.

In summing up his experience, Congressman Rangel once said, ``Since Kunu-Ri--and I mean it with all my heart--I have never, never had a bad day.''

I might also note, Congressman JOHN CONYERS from Michigan served for 2 years in the Michigan National Guard starting in 1950. With the onset of the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Army and fought for 1 year as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For his service, he was awarded both combat and merit citations.

Congressman Sam Johnson began his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force at the early age of 20. During the Korean War, he was stationed just 25 miles away from the front lines and flew 62 combat missions in his F-86 Saber jet fighter. In his plane, Shirley's Texas Tornado, named after his dear wife, Congressman Johnson scored one MiG fighter kill, one probable kill and one damaged. He flew on combat missions with Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn, and when he shot down the Russian MiG,

he was so low on fuel that he actually had to glide back to Seoul. He went on to continue his outstanding military career through the Vietnam War as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, known as Top Gun, and was one of the two authors of the air tactics manual revolutionizing military air dominance by incorporating three-dimensional flight.

Our good friend, Congressman HOWARD COBLE, meanwhile, served in the Coast Guard from September 1952 until September 1956, and was deployed to Korean waters during the war.

I ask all of my colleagues to join me in honoring the sacrifices of these gentlemen, our colleagues, Congressman Rangel, Congressman Conyers, Congressman Johnson, and Congressman Coble, and the sacrifices of all of the other 1.8 million Americans who fought in the Korean War, as well as in recognizing the vital importance of the U.S.-Korean alliance by supporting this resolution; and also noting as a matter of history that over 30,000 of our soldiers died from

that terrible conflict in South Korea.

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, DC, June 15, 2010.

Hon. Howard Berman,

Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

Dear Chairman Berman: I am writing to you concerning H.J. Res. 86, recognizing the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and reaffirming the United States-Korea alliance. This measure was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Our Committee recognizes the importance of H.J. Res 86, and the need for the legislation to move expeditiously. Therefore, while we have a valid claim to jurisdiction over this legislation, the Committee on Armed Services will waive further consideration of H.J. Res 86. I do so with the understanding that by waiving consideration of the resolution, the Committee on Armed Services does not waive any future jurisdictional claim over the subject matters contained in the resolution which fall within

its Rule X jurisdiction.

Please place this letter and a copy of your response into the Congressional Record during consideration of the measure on the [Page: H4561]

House floor. Thank you for the cooperative spirit in which you have worked regarding this matter and others between our respective committees.

Very truly yours,

Ike Skelton,

Chairman.

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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,

U.S.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

,

Washington, DC, June 14, 2010.

Hon. Ike Skelton,

Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, House Office Building, Washington, DC.

Dear Mr. Chairman: Thank you for your letter regarding House Joint Resolution 86, recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and affirming the United States-Korea alliance. This measure was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

I agree that the Committee on Armed Services has certain valid jurisdictional claims to this resolution, and I appreciate your decision to waive further consideration of H.J. Res. 86 in the interest of expediting consideration of this important measure. I understand that by agreeing to waive further consideration, the Committee on Armed Services is not waiving its jurisdictional claims over similar measures in the future.

During consideration of this measure on the House floor, I will ask that this exchange of letters be included in the Congressional Record.

Sincerely,

Howard L. Berman,

Chairman.

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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS,

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, DC, June 10, 2010.

Hon. HOWARD L. BERMAN,

Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

Dear Chairman Berman: On May 25, 2010, H.J. Res. 86, recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and reaffirming the United States-Korea alliance, was introduced in the House of Representatives. This measure was sequentially referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

The Committee on Veterans' Affairs recognizes the importance of H.J. Res. 86 and the need to move this resolution expeditiously to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and to reaffirm our alliance with Korea. Therefore, while we have certain valid jurisdictional claims to this resolution, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs will waive further consideration of H.J. Res. 86. The Committee does so with the understanding that by waiving further consideration of this resolution, it does

not waive any future jurisdictional claims over similar measures.

I would appreciate the inclusion of this letter and a copy of your response in the Congressional Record during consideration of H.J. Res. 86 on the House floor.

Sincerely,

Bob Filner,

Chairman.

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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, DC, June 14, 2010.

Hon. Bob Filner,

Chairman,

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC.

Dear Chairman Filner: Thank you for your letter concerning H.J. Res. 86, recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and affirming the United States-Korea alliance. I acknowledge that the Committee on Veterans Affairs has a valid jurisdictional claim in this resolution, and I appreciate your willingness to waive jurisdiction so we may proceed to suspension.

I agree to submit this exchange of letters in the Congressional Record, and I thank you again for your expeditious review of this legislation.

Sincerely,

Howard L. Berman,

Chairman.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.