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Published on Jun 7, 2012
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) delivered the following statement paying tribute to, and honoring the life of, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Travis Morgado in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 7, 2012.
2nd Lt. Morgado was killed in Afghanistan on May 23, 2012, while conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom:
Remarks as delivered:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor the life and service of Army Second Lieutenant Travis Morgado, who was killed in action on May 23, in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. He was 25 years old. Travis was the son of Joe Morgado of San Jose, and our community was greatly saddened to hear of his passing.
"Born in Los Gatos, he moved to Edmonds, Washington, with his mother when he was 5. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in civil engineering in 2009, and enlisted in the Army, determined to serve his country.
"He deployed to Afghanistan on March 20th, and was tragically killed while conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"Second Lieutenant Morgado leaves behind his mother, Andrea, and stepfather, Dean Kessler, his father, Joe, and stepmother, Nancy, as well as two younger brothers, a stepsister, and a stepbrother. I would like to extend my gratitude to Second Lieutenant Morgado and his family, and I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring his service to our country.
"He served America well with courage and honor. I ask all of Congress to join me in thanking his family as they grieve at his lose and to express our condolences to all of them."