THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
I mourn the passing today of Major Richard J. Meadows, USA (Ret.) whose dedicated and exceptional service is cherished by everyone who knew of his extraordinary courage and selfless service.
I recently had asked General Wayne Downing, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command, to present the Presidential Citizens Medal to Major Meadows. I am gratified to know that Major Meadows' wife Pamela, his son Mark , a U.S. Army captain, and daughter Michele will receive this award tonight at a gathering of those involved in the Son Tay raid at Hurlburt Field. Although this will now be a posthumous honor, I am pleased that Major Meadows knew of this honor before he died.
To Major Meadows' family and friends and to the Special Operations community, I extend my heartfelt condolences. We will all remember him as a soldier's soldier and one of America's finest unsung heroes.
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