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Mrs. CLINTON. Madam President, it is with
deep sadness that I stand before you today to honor the life and service
of Master Sgt. Peter Tycz, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his
country. I want to express my deepest sympathies to his wife and their
five children for their heart-wrenching loss. Master Sgt. Tycz was killed
June 12 when his plane caught fire and crashed after taking off from an
airstrip in Afghanistan. Our entire nation is saddened by this
immeasurable loss and I rise in recognition of his profound contribution
A native of Tonawanda, New York, Master Sgt.
Tycz was a Green Beret and the father of five girls, ages 1 to 9:
Elizabeth, Samantha, Faith, Tiffany and Felicia. He joined the Army out of
high school and was committed to the fight for freedom wherever it took
him. He welcomed the opportunity to defend America in Afghanistan. Master
IN MEMORY OF MASTER SGT. PETER
TYCZ -- (Senate - June 24, 2002)
Sgt. Tycz wrote in an email to his mother, Terry Harnden, this past fall,
which read: ``[I] will have to make great sacrifices to make sure our
lifestyle is not threatened and I'm prepared to do that.'' His daughters
will grow up knowing that their father was a true American hero who
represents the very best of our great Nation.
Master Sgt. Tycz's sacrifice for his country
reminds us of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe all of our men and
women in uniform--those who risk their lives and, in particular, those who
have been lost in the defense of our country. Their courage and steadfast
determination keeps America safe and our freedom strong.
We are grateful to Master Sgt. Tycz and the
many American service men and women like him who are determined to defend
and protect our great country. In that same email to his mother, Master
Sgt. Tycz wrote, ``Do not ever be sad for me because you will defeat my
reason for being.'' I hope that we will always remember his words and that
they will bring us all, most especially his family, comfort and strength.