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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan’s Legislation to Honor Army Specialist Robert Towles Passes the House

December 13, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in support of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which in addition to authorizing over $625 billion in budget authority for national defense programs honors Army Specialist Robert Towles of Windham, OH with the Distinguished Service Cross—the U.S. Army’s second highest military honor. The provision honoring Mr. Towles is identical to legislation authored by Congressman Ryan, HR 3503, that was introduced in September.

“It is my honor to play a part in awarding Mr. Towles the Distinguished Service Cross,” said Congressman Ryan.  “This recognition is well deserved and long overdue.  I commend him once again for his heroic service to our country.”

“I am humbled by this honor,” said Mr. Towles, “but this is for the men who died, not for me.”

The Army initially awarded Mr. Towles the Bronze Star for Valor but determined in 2013 that he can receive the more prestigious Distinguished Service Cross. The passage of the NDAA now ensures that Mr. Towles will receive recognition for his heroic service and be honored with the Distinguished Service Cross.