Honoring Loren Duke Abdalla for Outstanding Service to His Country During World War IIby Former Representative Bradley S. Schneider
Posted on 2013-03-18
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 18, 2013
Mr. SCHNEIDER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the service of
Loren Duke Abdalla. Duke is the great-grandson of Chief Running Bull of
the Yankton Sioux. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1943, and for his
courageous service, Duke earned a Purple Heart and a rank of Corporal.
In September of 1944, at the Battle of Peleliu, Duke's machine gun team was shelled. Duke lost his machine gunner and two ammo carriers, while himself taking shrapnel that left him with holes in both legs. Rather than being sent home, Duke recovered and then quickly was promoted to leader of 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, A Company.
Beginning April of 1945, Duke and A Company began an assault on Okinawa. In early May, Duke demonstrated true bravery in a series of heroic maneuvers and actions. Over the course of the day, Duke carried a wounded fellow Marine to safety and successfully neutralized six machine gun nests, clearing the way for U.S. forces to advance. Duke lost his entire squad after clearing four of the nests, but he continued on and cleared the final two by himself.
Duke and his fellow Marines fought valiantly and withstood fierce counterattacks from enemy forces. Their commitment and selfless dedication to their country was emblematic of the effort put forth by ``The Greatest Generation'' during the world's time of greatest need.
I thank Loren Duke Abdalla for his service to this nation. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to Duke and to all those brave men and women who sacrifice so much for the good of this country.