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					                                   South Carolina General Assembly
                                       119th Session, 2011-2012

H. 3635

STATUS INFORMATION

House Resolution
Sponsors: Rep. Henderson
Document Path: l:\council\bills\rm\1060htc11.docx

Introduced in the House on February 9, 2011
Adopted by the House on February 9, 2011

Summary: Edward Quilty


HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

    Date   Body Action Description with journal page number
  2/9/2011 House Introduced and adopted (House Journal-page 14)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/9/2011
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 9                A HOUSE RESOLUTION
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11   TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR EDWARD QUILTY OF
12   GREENVILLE, WORLD WAR II VETERAN, UPON THE
13   OCCASION OF HIS RECEIVING THE NATIONAL ORDER OF
14   THE LEGION OF HONOR, FRANCE’S HIGHEST AWARD,
15   FOR HIS COURAGEOUS SERVICE TO FRANCE DURING
16   WORLD WAR II.
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18   Whereas, the House of Representatives is pleased to learn that
19   Edward Quilty of Greenville, World War II veteran, has received
20   the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest
21   award, for his courageous service to France during World War II;
22   and
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24   Whereas, in order to express France’s eternal gratitude for those
25   who liberated it from oppression from 1944 to 1945, the consul
26   general of France in Atlanta, Pascal Le Deunff, bestowed the
27   Legion of Honor medal upon Mr. Quilty, as well as upon two other
28   American World War II veterans from across the Southeast region,
29   in a ceremony held on September 1, 2010, at the Warner Robins
30   Museum of Aviation in Georgia; and
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32   Whereas, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National
33   Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor granted by
34   France. It recognizes eminent services to the French Republic, and
35   recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the
36   Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy; and
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38   Whereas, Edward Quilty, commander in the Cruiser Division 7 of
39   the United States Navy during World War II, received the award in
40   recognition of his courage in helping to liberate France from Nazi
41   rule in 1944. Among his many heroic deeds, he participated in the


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 1   Normandy landings, which were decisive in the liberation of
 2   France; and
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 4   Whereas, a native New Yorker and adopted South Carolinian,
 5   Edward Quilty served aboard the USS Tuscaloosa, the heavy
 6   cruiser that was his home for most of his time in the Navy; and
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 8   Whereas, in June 1944, his ship took part in the Normandy
 9   invasions, and in August it steamed to the Mediterranean to battle
10   German aircraft in the fight for southern France. Mr. Quilty was
11   manning a five-inch gun when German fighter planes made their
12   third low-flying charge of the day, firing at the Tuscaloosa’s deck.
13   Though hit in the back by flying shrapnel, he kept firing. By then,
14   his was the only gun still functioning, and he was one of three men
15   still standing, all of them hit; and
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17   Whereas, after completion of his World War II service, he began a
18   career that included thirty-eight years with AT&T and twelve years
19   as a professor at Coker College in Hartsville, during which time he
20   was twice named a master professor. Now retired, the
21   eighty-seven-year-old veteran enjoys having more time to devote
22   to his wife, Rose Marie, and to travel; and
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24   Whereas, grateful for his heroic service as a United States
25   serviceman during the Second World War, the House of
26   Representatives takes great pleasure in joining the many voices
27   offering well-deserved tribute to Edward Quilty on his receiving
28   this latest accolade, the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award.
29   Now, therefore,
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31   Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
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33   That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives,
34   by this resolution, recognize and honor Edward Quilty of
35   Greenville, World War II veteran, upon the occasion of his
36   receiving the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s
37   highest award, for his courageous service to France during World
38   War II.
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40   Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be provided to
41   Edward Quilty.
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