Congressman Chris Stewart

Representing the 2nd District of Utah
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Stewart Honors Utah Veteran in Speech on the House Floor

Feb 4, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today, in a speech on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) posthumously honored Utah Veteran Billy Kirkbride for his service as an elite member of the 'Devil's Brigade' during World War II. Kirkbirde was a member of the force that received a Congressional Gold Medal yesterday in Washington, D.C.

To watch the speech, click here.

Below are Stewart's remarks:

"Mr. Speaker, I stand here today to recognize a true American hero, Utah veteran Billy Kirkbride, who was just awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.  Billy joined the Army in 1942 where he was chosen to be a part of the unique program called the First Special Service Force, which was the forerunner to today’s Special Forces. It was here that he became a member of the very elite ‘Devil’s Brigade’."

"The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to those who have performed amazing feats leaving permanent impacts upon American culture and history. As a former Air Force pilot, I know the sacrifice and the dedication that it takes to become one of America’s elite warriors." 

"It is an honor to stand here today, not just before the American people, but before his lovely wife and daughters to pay tribute to the sacrifice and dedication that Billy demonstrated through his service in protecting this great nation. He doesn’t just represent the strength of our armed forces. He represents American values that continue to make our nation great and millions of us are grateful for his service."