FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2009
KAGEN HONORS THE BRAVE SERVICE OF STEVEN DREES
(WASHINGTON, DC) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today to honor the life and service of Private First-Class Steven Drees of Peshtigo, WI.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that I express my sincere condolences to the family, friends and community of Peshtigo, Wisconsin’s native son Steven Drees, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Private First-Class Drees’ enlistment began on July 25th of 2008. He was assigned to D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Frequently decorated, he counted among his awards three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
When any soldier falls, we mourn collectively and we pray as one people. When we lose one of our very youngest soldiers, so close to home, we are especially grieved. Nothing can replace what Steve’s family has lost but if it’s any consolation, let it be remembered that Private First-Class Drees remained dutiful and brave at all times and that he was a loyal United States soldier.
That such a young man could serve so selflessly is a tribute to the nobility and fortitude of the people Peshtigo, the people of Wisconsin and the citizens of these United States.
Steven will never be forgotten.”
Kagen paid his condolences to the Drees family yesterday and presented them with a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol Building.