John Murtha

John Murtha, who died on Feb. 8 at 77, will be mourned in Congress because of the respect he commanded from his colleagues. We were honored to call him colleague; I was privileged to call him friend.

To watch Jack legislate was to see a master at work. But more indicative of his character was the way he communicated with our men and women in uniform, whether near the battlefield or at their bedside. He thanked them for their courage and listened to their concerns. He always answered their needs, responding to their calls for body armor, up-armored vehicles and reliable...

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