Honoring First Lieutenant Joseph Dennis Helton, Jr.by Former Representative Paul C. Broun
Posted on 2013-03-19
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today for a special
purpose, calling us all to remember and honor the life of First
Lieutenant Joseph Dennis Helton, Jr. On September 8, 2009, Lieutenant
Helton was tragically killed in action while serving our country in
Like many of our nation's heroes, Lieutenant Helton was an exceptional young man with a calling to be a part of something greater than himself. His desire to serve led him to the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated fifth in his class and was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions.
Upon graduation, Lieutenant Helton was assigned to the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. As exceptional young soldiers often do, he immediately volunteered for overseas duty, leading him to Iraq. Lieutenant Helton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his fortitude, bravery, and courage and the Purple Heart for his ultimate sacrifice.
As we remember and honor Lieutenant Helton and his sacrifice for our freedom, let us not forget his parents, Joseph and Jennifer, his sisters, Jeanne, Jessica, and Jordanne, and many other loving family members and friends.
Mr. Speaker, may we as grateful citizens, and Members of this body, never forget the passing of this courageous young man and encourage all Americans to honor his sacrifice which was made in defense of liberty and of this great nation. I proudly pay tribute to his memory and hold his service in the highest esteem.
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