THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON APPOINTS 9 MEMBERS TO THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION The President today announced his intent to appoint Hugh Carey,
Evelyn Pat Foote, Gabriel Guerra- Mondragon, Rolland Kidder, Douglas Kinnard, Alfred Los Banos, Tom Lyons, Brenda Moore and Gary Reals as members of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The American Battle Monuments Commission is responsible for commemorating the U.S. Armed Forces in places where they have served since April 6, 1917, by designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds on foreign soil. The Commission also controls the erection of military monuments and markers in foreign countries by other American citizens, both in the public and private sectors. The Commission operates and maintains 24 military burial grounds for War Dead and 73 memorial structures worldwide. Over 11 million people visited these cemeteries, monuments, and memorials last year.
Additionally, the Commission is responsible for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Events commemorating this occurrence will take place throughout the United States and France, from May 11 - June 13, 1994.
EVELYN PAT FOOTE of Maryland
Ms. Foote is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army. She has held a number of command and staff positions in Europe and Vietnam, culminating in her current assignment as Commanding General of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She worked in many positions dealing with the advancement of women in the armed forces and is highly decorated.
GABRIEL GUERRA-MONDRAGON of Maryland
Mr. Guerra-Mondragon is President of TKC International, Incorporated, an international consultant and a former foreign service officer and served as a UNESCO delegate during the Carter Administration. Mr. Mondragon was also a staff attorney at the Commission on Civil Rights.
ROLLAND KIDDER of New York
Mr. Kidder is currently President of Kidder Exploration, Inc., Independent Oil and Gas Company. He was formerly a Trustee of the New York Power Authority and a member of the New York Assembly. Mr. Kidder is a graduate of the US Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
ALFRED LOS BANOS of Hawaii
Mr. Los Banos is currently retired from the Hawaii Veterans Administration. He served in Korea where he was paralyzed from the waist down and was the first soldier from Hawaii to be disabled during the war. Mr. Los Banos is active in the Korean Veterans' Association, participates in the "Korea Revisit Program," and was a member of the Pacific War Memorial Commission.
TOM LYONS of Illinois
Mr. Lyons is a partner in the law firm of O'Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward. He was formerly a Member of the Illinois State Senate and is Chairman of the Democratic Party of Cook County. He served as a platoon leader, Third Infantry Division of the Army Rangers.
HUGH CAREY of New York
Mr. Carey is the former Governor of the State of New York. He is currently Executive Vice President of W.R. Grace & Co, where his responsibilities include oversight of the company's government relations. He enlisted in the New York National Guard and served in Northern France and Holland during WWII. His troop was responsible for the liberation of the Nordhausen concentration camp. Governor Carey received the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre during his tour of duty. He also served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
DOUGLAS KINNARD of Virginia
Mr. Kinnard is a Retired Brigadier General who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He has also served as Chief of Staff for the Second Field Force in Vietnam, Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army, and Director of the Center for Military History. Mr. Kinnard is a graduate of the West Point Academy. He is currently a Writer, Lecturer, and Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond. He has previously taught at the National Defense University, the Naval War College, the University of Vermont, the University of Oklahoma, and the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Heroic Achievement, and the Air Medal for Valor.
GAIL REALS of Virginia
Ms. Reals is a retired Brigadier General, United States Marine Corps. Ms. Reals was the first woman Brigadier General in the Marine Corps and served as Commanding General of the Marine Corps Base at Quantico. She is currently a student in public policy at George Mason University.
BRENDA MOORE of New York
Dr. Moore is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a disabled veteran who served in the Vietnam War. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.