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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on the Passing of Medal of Honor Recipient LTC Charles Kettles

January 22, 2019
Press Release

YPSILANTI, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on the passing of Medal of Honor Recipient Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles:

“LTC Charles Kettles exemplified the best of American values—courage, dedication, and selflessness. He went above and beyond the call of duty to save the lives of his fellow soldiers, and it was a true honor to ensure he was properly honored as one of our nation’s bravest heroes.

“Kettles was a pillar of our community and served as a trusted mentor to veterans after returning home from Vietnam. His true calling was serving others, and we are all better for knowing him and learning from him. John and I are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Today and every day, we are grateful for his selfless leadership and courage of our country’s servicemembers.”

In 2016, LTC Kettles received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry after a five-year grassroots effort to ensure his acts of valor were properly honored.