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  • Tribute to Mr. Forrest Wells—Recipient of the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous)

    by Representative Scott DesJarlais

    Posted on 2015-02-02

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    Congressional Record, Volume 161 Issue 17 (Monday, February 2, 2015)

    [Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 17 (Monday, February 2, 2015)]
    [Extensions of Remarks]
    [Page E142]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                             HON. SCOTT DesJARLAIS
                                  of tennessee
                        in the house of representatives
                            Monday, February 2, 2015
      Mr. DesJARLAIS. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today 
    to honor the life and service of Private First Class (PFC) Forrest 
    Wells upon his receipt of the Bronze Star Medal.
       PFC Wells landed on the shores of Normandy in June of 1944, as a 
    member of the 113th Field Artillery of the 30th Infantry Division, 
    nicknamed ``Old Hickory.''
       During their deployment to Europe, the 30th Infantry Division 
    assisted in the liberation of Saint-Lo, fought off the German counter-
    attack at Mortain, was the first infantry division to enter Belgium and 
    the Netherlands, and was instrumental in halting the German offensive 
    near Malmedy during the ``Battle of the Bulge.''
       On July 29, 1944, while serving as a member of a gun section outside 
    of Hebecrevon, France, PFC Wells' battery was subjected to a heavy 
    aerial attack. During this bombardment, the gunpowder surrounding one 
    of the units 155 mm howitzers was set ablaze. Without hesitation, PFC 
    Wells left his sheltered position and rushed over to extinguish the 
    flames, thereby eliminating the danger it posed to his fellow soldiers 
    and saving valuable materials from destruction.
       In recognition of his service, Brigadier General James M Lewis, 
    Commanding Officer 30th Infantry Division, awarded PFC Wells with a 
    certificate of merit in the days following the incident.
       More than 70 years later, the United States Army, by order of the 
    Secretary of the Army, announced that PFC Forrest Wells would 
    posthumously receive the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement 
    in active ground combat.
       Long overdue, this recognition is certainly well-deserved and is a 
    testament to the heroism and dedication to duty that marked PFC Wells' 
    exemplary service during World War II.
       I wish to extend to the Wells family my sincere congratulations upon 
    receiving this award, as well as my heartfelt thanks for Private Wells' 
    outstanding service to our great country.

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