86R29315 KSM-F
  By: Miller H.C.R. No. 166
         WHEREAS, World War II lasted from 1939 until 1945, and the
  United States entered the war in 1941 following the attack on Pearl
  Harbor; and
         WHEREAS, Over 16 million Americans served their country and
  its allies over the course of the war; and
         WHEREAS, The generation of men and women who served our
  country in World War II has been called "the greatest generation"
  for their selfless sacrifice; and
         WHEREAS, The Medal of Honor is the highest military
  decoration that is awarded by the United States government; and
         WHEREAS, The Medal of Honor is presented by the president of
  the United States, in the name of Congress; and
         WHEREAS, The Medal of Honor is only conferred upon members of
  the United States armed forces who distinguish themselves through
  conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and
  beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of
  the United States, while engaged in military operations involving
  conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with
  friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing
  armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party;
         WHEREAS, More than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to
  our nation's bravest soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast
  guardsmen since the creation of the award in 1861; and
         WHEREAS, The Medal of Honor was awarded to 473 Americans
  during World War II and only 4 of those 473 Americans are alive
  today; and
         WHEREAS, Charles H. Coolidge of Tennessee, Francis S. Currey
  of New York, Robert D. Maxwell of Oregon, and Hershel W. Williams of
  West Virginia all served their country with conspicuous gallantry
  and intrepidity at the risk of life and therefore deserve the
  gratitude of the American people; and
         WHEREAS, The president of the United States has the sole
  authority to designate a state funeral; and
         WHEREAS, Historically, the president of the United States has
  designated state funerals for former presidents, generals, and
  other extraordinary Americans; and
         WHEREAS, Designating a state funeral when the last surviving
  World War II Medal of Honor recipient dies would be a wonderful way
  for the American people to unite and honor all 16 million soldiers,
  sailors, and airmen who served in our armed forces from 1941 to
  1945; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 86th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the president of the United States to
  designate a state funeral for the last surviving Medal of Honor
  recipient from World War II; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States.