Napolitano Honors the Life of La Puente Native Master Sergeant Gonzalez
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano honored the life of Master Sergeant Jose J. Gonzalez, delivering the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Master Sergeant Jose J. Gonzalez, of La Puente, California, who died on August 21st during combat operations in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Gonzalez was a Green Beret who served with distinction in the military for 17 years and deployed seven times during his career as a Marine, Army Infantryman, and as a Special Forces engineer sergeant. He was recently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
“Master Sergeant Gonzalez served with incredible courage and bravery, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and many other high honors.
“Mr. Speaker, I extend my deepest sympathy to Master Sergeant Gonzalez’s wife, children, mother, father, family, friends, and his fellow soldiers in the 1st Battalion. Please know that the Congress of the United States grieves with you. The courage, character, and sacrifice that he has made to protect our country will never be forgotten. God bless you, God bless America.”
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