Washington, D.C.– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) spoke on the House floor to honor First Lieutenant Elmer Jebo -- a constituent from Tupper Lake who served during World War II. On Thursday, April 21st, Congresswoman Stefanik will be hosting the family of First Lieutenant Elmer Jebo in a ceremony in Washington and presenting them with a Silver Star that he earned but never received. Below is a transcript of Congresswoman Stefanik’s remarks on the House floor, or for video, click here.
Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor an extraordinary hero from Tupper Lake in my district.
First Lieutenant Elmer Jebo was drafted into the Army in 1940 where he would participate in military campaigns across Italy.
On February 2st, 1944, during the Anzio Invasion, his position was attacked by six enemy tanks.
For his bravery under siege and his courageous conduct to repel these attacks, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart by the U.S. Army.
Unfortunately, because of significant wounds sustained in combat, Lieutenant Jebo spent many months recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center and never received his medal - he has since passed.
After his family reached out to our office, I’m honored that we were able to play a small part in preserving the legacy of this North Country hero.
This Thursday my office will host his family at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. to present them with Lieutenant Jebo’s much deserved Silver Star.
And today I am honored to recognize Lieutenant Jebo’s heroic service on the House floor.
Thank you, I yield back.
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