WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize Fred Chase, Sr., who served his country with honor and
  distinction during World War II and the Korean War; and
         WHEREAS, Fred Chase, Sr., was born September 9, 1925, in
  Lytle, Texas, to Maria Vasquez and Vincent Chase; as the Great
  Depression began to unfold, he learned from his parents at an
  early age to be productive and stay strong in spirit; and
         WHEREAS, At the age of 17, Fred Chase joined the United
  States Navy to fight in World War II; he served in the Pacific
  theater as a coxswain and achieved the rank of petty officer
  third class; he was a helmsman responsible for piloting landing
  craft during the amphibious assaults on the Japanese-occupied
  islands of Tarawa, Guam, Saipan, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima, famous
  for the raising of the United States flag atop Mount Suribachi; and
         WHEREAS, He began working at Lone Star Gas Company in 1947,
  and he volunteered to join the Marine Corps Reserve in 1949 and
  was called to active duty during the Korean Conflict; he attained
  the rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1951;
  he later went on to serve in the Texas Army National Guard Reserve
  with the rank of master sergeant in the 249th Tank Battalion; and
         WHEREAS, In August of 1947, he married Frances Yllegas of
  San Antonio; the couple resided in Fort Worth and in Arlington
  and raised three children, Robert Chase, Fred Chase, Jr., and
  Irene Chase; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Chase had a successful 38-year career with
  Lone Star Gas Company; he rose through the company ranks to
  become the first Hispanic superintendent of the greater Fort
  Worth area before retiring in 1985; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby commend Fred Chase, Sr., on his many years of
  patriotic military service on behalf of his country and on his
  long and successful career and extend to him best wishes for the
  future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 25, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate