Harvey Possinger
Jan. 1, 1921 - May 25, 2006

 THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No. 848 Session of 2004
 

INTRODUCED BY LEWIS, SCAVELLO, DALLY, TIGUE, ADOLPH, ARMSTRONG,
BAKER, BALDWIN, BEBKO-JONES, BENNINGHOFF, BROWNE, BUNT,
CAPPELLI, CLYMER, COLEMAN, CORRIGAN, CRAHALLA, CRUZ, DALEY,
DENLINGER, DeWEESE, DiGIROLAMO, DONATUCCI, J. EVANS,
FABRIZIO, FAIRCHILD, FEESE, FICHTER, FLEAGLE, GABIG, GEIST,
GEORGE, GILLESPIE, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GRUCELA, HARHAI,
HARHART, HARRIS, HENNESSEY, HERSHEY, HESS, JAMES, KELLER,
LAUGHLIN, LEDERER, LEH, LESCOVITZ, MAHER, MAITLAND, MAJOR,
MANN, MARKOSEK, MARSICO, McGILL, MUNDY, MUSTIO, PALLONE,
PAYNE, PHILLIPS, PISTELLA, READSHAW, RUBLEY, SAINATO, SHANER,
E. Z. TAYLOR, TRUE, WASHINGTON, WILT, WOJNAROSKI, YUDICHAK,
TURZAI AND HARPER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2004

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INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, SEPTEMBER 28, 2004

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A RESOLUTION

1 Memorializing the Congress of the United States to award
2 Sergeant Harvey Possinger, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th
3 Infantry Division, United States Army, the Medal of Honor for
4 his valor at Belete Pass in Luzon, Philippine Islands, on
5 March 8, 1945.

6 WHEREAS, During the invasion of the Philippine Islands, Sgt.
7 Harvey Possinger, a resident of Stroud Township, Monroe County,
8 went above and beyond the call of duty by rescuing two of his
9 fellow soldiers, Emil Angel and Paul Baehr, who were under
10 intense mortar fire at Belete Pass, despite being seriously
11 injured himself; and
12 WHEREAS, In spite of his wounds, Sgt. Possinger selflessly
13 administered medical assistance to Emil Angel, inspiring his
14 unit, B company, which two days later secured the area with the
 

1 help of reinforcements and enabled the Allied campaign to move
2 forward; and
3 WHEREAS, Sgt. Possinger is a highly decorated combat veteran
4 of World War II, receiving five Purple Hearts, a Distinguished
5 Service Cross, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star for his three
6 years of outstanding military service; and
7 WHEREAS, Sgt. Possinger's commanding officer nominated him
8 for the Medal of Honor 60 years ago, but the nomination was
9 lost, destroyed or misfiled; and
10 WHEREAS, The Congress has rendered no decision on the matter;
11 therefore be it
12 RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the
13 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania memorialize the Congress to award
14 the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Harvey Possinger without further
15 delay; and be it further
16 RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
17 the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each
18 member of Congress from Pennsylvania.