H.R. No. 555

WHEREAS, Lieutenant Colonel Lance C. Wade of Reklaw demonstrated extraordinary courage during his valiant service in World War II; and WHEREAS, Born in Broaddus in 1915, Lt. Col. Wade joined Britain's Royal Air Force before the United States had officially entered the war; the State of Texas provided more volunteers for the RAF than any other state, and, in less than three years, Lt. Col. Wade climbed the ranks of the British military to achieve the status of wing commander; he eventually became the top American fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes and Spitfires in the North African campaign, and achieving 25 victories, an unprecedented number for an American fighter ace serving exclusively in a foreign air force; and WHEREAS, Lt. Col. Wade was rewarded for his considerable efforts with the Distinguished Flying Cross with two bars, representing three awards, and a Distinguished Service Order; and WHEREAS, From a farm in East Texas, where he was raised, to sharing tea with King George VI and meeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lt. Col. Wade aptly described his fortuitous path when he said, "Before the RAF my life consisted of surveying land [from the backside] of a mule. Now I have had tea with the King of England and his family."; and WHEREAS, Lt. Col. Wade's family and friends mourned his passing while serving his country on January 12, 1944, in Foggia, Italy, but they took comfort in knowing that he lived a fulfilling life, dedicated to patriotism and freedom; this distinguished fighter ace represented the essential relationship between Britain and the United States during World War II, and it is a pleasure to recognize his admirable achievements; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Lieutenant Colonel Lance C. Wade as a true American hero and extend to his descendants the immeasurable gratitude of the State of Texas for his ultimate sacrifice for his country. Hopson ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 555 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on March 23, 2005. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House