Kelly Bill to Honor Western PA WWII Hero Signed into Law by President Trump

Mar 27, 2017 Issues: Veterans

Congressman thanks president for enacting legislation to name veterans’ health clinic in Butler County after Abie Abraham

Bill was co-sponsored by entire PA congressional delegation 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in appreciation of President Donald Trump signing into law H.R. 609, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Kelly to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic.” The legislation – co-sponsored by all 18 members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation – was passed by the House of Representatives with unanimous support on February 13, 2017.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“Sgt. Abraham was an awe-inspiring American hero whose entire life personified bravery, selflessness, and resilience. His actions during World War II and his lifetime of service to his fellow veterans made him a giant among men and a true role model for every generation to follow. I couldn’t be more grateful to President Trump for signing my bill into law to help our community, and our country, eternally honor the legacy of this humble yet extraordinary patriot.”

Excerpt of H.R. 609:

Abie was stationed during World War II with the 18th Infantry in New York; 3 years with the 14th Infantry in Panama; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Panay was sunk; 30th Infantry in Presidio, San Francisco; and the 31st Infantry in Manila, Philippines, for 9 years.

During World War II, Abie fought, was captured, endured the Bataan Death March, and, as a prisoner of war for 3 1/2 years, was beaten, stabbed, and shot, and survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers.

Abraham stayed behind at the request of General Douglas MacArthur for 2 1/2 more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades from the Bataan Death March and the prison camps, helping to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to rest.

After his promotion in 1945, Abie came back to the United States where he served as a recruiter, and then also served 2 years in Germany until his retirement with 30 years of service as a Master Sergeant.

Abie received numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart, and had several documentaries on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Abie was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Purple Heart Combat/Infantry Organization, the American Ex-POWs, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Defenders of Bataan.

Abraham was a volunteer at Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare for 23 years from 1988 to 2011 and had 36,851 service hours caring for our veterans.

Read the full text of H.R. 609 here.

Watch Rep. Kelly’s 2/13 dedication on the House floor here.

Abie Abraham, July 31, 1913 – March 22, 2012

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