(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E2510]
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                     TRIBUTE TO SGT. LaVON C. HOVE


                         HON. GINNY BROWN-WAITE

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, December 8, 2003

  Ms. GINNY BROWN-WAITE of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor 
Sgt. LaVon C. Hove, a Korean war veteran from Brooksville, FL, in my 
fifth congressional district.
  This Veterans Day, I will have the pleasure of recognizing Sgt. LaVon 
Hove for his heroism and bravery as a United States soldier who fought 
in the Korean war from January 16, 1951 to August 1952.
  This conflict enlisted the services of 6.8 million American men and 
women between 1950 and 1955.
  On January 16, 1951 in Chorwon, Korea, Sgt. Hove was wounded in both 
legs and feet by shell fragments from a nearby explosion.
  I will soon present Sgt. Hove with the Purple Heart, the oldest 
military decoration in the world, 50 years overdue.
  Though he earned this honor, he never received it from the Defense 
Department and I am honored to have the opportunity to present to him 
the Purple Heart for his selfless devotion to duty and service to the 
United States.