In Remembrance of William ``Bill’’ Sherman Weeksby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2013-02-08
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 8, 2013
Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of a real
American hero and proud resident of the Eighth District of Texas,
William ``Bill'' Sherman Weeks, who was laid to rest in the Houston
National Cemetery this week.
It was very fitting that so many from our community joined Mr. Week's friends and family to honor this amazing man who offered over thirty years of service in defense of this nation.
As someone who was playing American Legion baseball and going on Boy Scout campouts at age 14, I can't help but be amazed by Bill Weeks, who at 14 donned this nation's uniform to serve in World War II.
Bill Week's service didn't end with the War to End all Wars; he went on to serve in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. His military service has been honored with over 22 ribbons and medals including the Bronze Star with Valor, the Korean Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Honor Medal presented by the Vietnamese government. On top of all of that, he was also awarded a Purple Heart.
Mr. Weeks retired from the Air Force in 1974 as Chief Master Sergeant, and settled in Shenandoah where this devoted family man enjoyed his retirement, especially his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In an interview with one of our local newspapers, the Conroe Courier, Mrs. Weeks described her husband of 20 years as ``. . .very modest and reserved, not only about himself but also about his time spent serving his country.'' ``As I'm going through things, I'm sure I'll still find stuff that I didn't know he did,'' said Mrs. Weeks.
That, my friends, is what's right about America. Bill Weeks was the best of Americans because he showed us what makes a hero with his actions and those actions spoke more than any words ever could.
Americans love their nation and the freedoms we cherish. Some, like Bill Weeks, loved this nation enough to lend this nation the best years of their lives. A hero isn't someone who wins a battle, but who serves others. Mr. Weeks was a great American and a hero.
Our nation is forever in his debt as we are to the millions of Americans who volunteer their service to our nation. We pray God's comfort for this family and honor the memory of this Airman, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who has left such an amazing legacy.
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