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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 14, 1997

The President today awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to William J. Perry. The text of the citation reads as follows:


In an era of historic change, William Perry has distinguished himself as Secretary of Defense by his inspired leadership, extraordinary vision, and impressive record of accomplishment. With a heartfelt commitment to our men and women in uniform, he guided our Armed Forces through the challenges of post-Cold War reductions while ensuring that they remain the best-equipped, best-trained, and best-prepared military force in the world. An internationally recognized statesman, he contributed significantly to reducing the nuclear threat, strengthening our alliances, and building new security relationships worldwide. With these achievements, William Perry has earned a lasting place in history and the gratitude of his country.

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