H.R. No. 397
         WHEREAS, Former U.S. Army lieutenant Ross Novelli Sr. of
  Galveston has received the French Legion of Honor in recognition of
  his meritorious service in France during World War II; and
         WHEREAS, A graduate of Texas A&M University, Lieutenant
  Novelli came ashore at Normandy with the 915th Field Artillery
  Battalion of the 90th Infantry Division on the day after D-Day,
  1944; and
         WHEREAS, From that moment until the end of the war,
  Lieutenant Novelli fought his way across Europe with his unit,
  earning a Silver Star and helping to liberate France from years of
  oppression and violence; and
         WHEREAS, Now living in retirement in Galveston with his wife,
  Pat, Mr. Novelli remains proud of his military service, hosting an
  informal gathering of World War II veterans every week at his home
  in Colony Park; and
         WHEREAS, Ross Novelli endured the immeasurable hardships of
  war with bravery and tenacity, and through his service he helped to
  preserve the flame of liberty for millions of people; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Ross Novelli Sr. on his receipt of
  the Legion of Honor and extend to him sincere appreciation for his
  selfless and heroic efforts during a time of enormous peril; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Novelli as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 397 was adopted by the House on
  February 19, 2015, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House