Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texasby Representative Sam Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to honor
fourteen distinguished military veterans, community servants, and
American patriots who call the Third District of Texas home. All
faithfully answered the call of duty and placed service above self for
the sake of our great nation. Each one leaves a legacy to be
remembered, for future generations to follow, a legacy of bravery,
loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice. For their selfless service, bold
leadership, and undying commitment for their neighbor and nation, the
following individual has been selected as a recipient of the third
annual Congressional Veteran Commendation:
Sergeant James Fairbairn served in the United States Marine Corps
from 1950 to 1954. After completing boot camp, James headed to Korea in
December of 1950 where he joined the 2nd Platoon of Able Company, 1st
Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment of the 1st Division. It was in this
assignment that Mr. Fairbairn served as a fire team leader during an
attack against a strong enemy force. Without regard for his personal
safety, he was able to rush and attack the enemy, which ultimately
resulted in overrunning the enemy and completing the mission.
For his heroism in battle and his distinguished years of service, James Fairbairn earned the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Valor, a Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and numerous other decorations.
As a resident of Richardson, Texas, Mr. Fairbairn has continued to serve his community. He served as the president of the Dallas Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association. He has also worked extensively with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. He currently represents the Sons of the American Revolution on the Volunteer Board of the Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Sergeant James Fairbairn, let me both thank and congratulate you on your exceptional service to our country and community both past and present. It is my pleasure to award you the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas.