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FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – County officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, March 13, 2017, to celebrate the completion of Harlem Road from Owens Road (James Bowie Middle School) to Travis High School.

The 1.7-mile project produced an improved 4-lane, divided asphalt roadway. Fort Bend County Road & Bridge, Aranda Brothers Construction Company, Harvest Green (Johnson Development), and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice were all contributing partners. Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said, “This final stretch of Harlem Road now gives us another North-South major thoroughfare link between US 90A and Westpark Toll Road- FM 1093.”

 

Pictured Left to Right: Richard Stolleis, Fort Bend County Engineer; Wesely Crawford, FBC Engineering; Marc Grant, Fort Bend County Road Commissioner; Llarance Turner, Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates; Andy Meyers, County Commissioner Precinct 3; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Officer Washington, TDCJ; Senior Warden Simpson, TDCJ; Assistant Warden Hines, TDCJ; James Patterson, County Commissioner Precinct 4; Stacy Slawinski, FBC Engineering; Roby Tate, FBC Road & Bridge Superintendent

**Please visit http://www.fortbendcountynews.info for more information pertaining to local events and updates**

The Central Fort Bend Chamber welcomed SurePoint Self Storage – Richmond at their new Fort Bend County location at 5310 Pointe West Circle in Richmond, TX. Staff, guests and family members took part in ribbon cutting photos, enjoyed networking and learned of the available services offered.

SurePoint Self Storage Partner, Robert Loeb gave appreciation to those in attendance stating, “This is our first facility for SurePoint Self Storage in Houston and we are excited about offering our product to the people of Fort Bend County.  We offer a high end product in terms of safety, cleanliness and security.  This has been a two year project in the making and I would like to thank each of you who have played a part in putting this project together”. Mr. Loeb went on to thank the Chamber and expressed his excitement to become involved within the community.  SurePoint Self Storage has been a member of the Texas Self Storage Association since 2002, offering individually alarmed units, 24/7 digital video recording, computerized access gate entry, moving supplies and materials and much more.

For more information, visit their website at: https://www.surepointselfstorage.com.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

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Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to the Executive Order issued by President Trump to review the overstepping Clean Power Plan:

“Affordable energy is critical to a strong American economy. When arbitrary and overreaching rules hamper energy development, it increases energy costs, results in job losses, and endangers our energy security. I firmly believe that former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan exceeded his authority and the limits of the Clean Air Act and it’s time for it to be reviewed. Energy development and protecting the environment are not mutually exclusive. I’m pleased President Trump is taking the steps to revise this overstepping rule.”

Background: The Clean Power Plan, one of the regulations addressed in the President’s Executive Order, was designed to address carbon emissions. However, in addition to having a negligible impact on the climate, it also bears costs on a wide swath of the economy.

“On this day, in this body, on this budget, we are united and speaking with one voice.”

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Senate passage of Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 1:

“I am proud to announce that the Texas Senate passed CSSB 1 – the 2018-2019 budget for the State of Texas- this afternoon with a unanimous vote.  On this day, in this body, on this budget, we are united and speaking with one voice. This budget reflects Texans’ priorities as conservatives and our commitment to meet the needs of this vast and rapidly growing state despite tough fiscal challenges. CSSB 1 does not raise taxes. It also does not use the Rainy Day Fund, is well within the state’s population growth times inflation and is $500 million less in general revenue than the current budget.
“The Senate Budget maintains our commitment to border security, fully funds public education including projected enrollment growth and effectively sustains funding for higher education institutions. CSSB 1 increases spending on health care, including women’s health and mental health, and addresses the critical needs of Child and Family Protective Services.
“It is particularly important to me that this budget included funding for protective vests that can withstand high caliber rifle fire for law enforcement officers. CSSB 1 also funds new initiatives for P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) to help students pursue technology careers and adds $40 million to help Texas Ports address their infrastructure needs.
“I commend the Texas Senate and especially Chairman Jane Nelson and the Senate Finance Committee for their long hours and very hard work on this budget. They have done a great service for the people of Texas and I want to thank them for their commitment and vigilance.”

The world’s largest celebration of agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage drew a record-breaking 2,611,176 visitors in total attendance to the 85th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 7 – 26, 2017.

“Powered by more than 33,000 volunteers, the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo successfully provided a record number of visitors with a world-class entertainment experience,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO.

“During the 2017 Show, fans were immersed in one-of-a-kind educational and agricultural exhibits, larger-than-life entertainment, and nightly celebrations of Western heritage during RODEOHOUSTON®.”

2017 HIGHLIGHTS:

ATTENDANCE

The total 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance was more than the population of any Texas city.

  • Total attendance for all activities on the grounds was a record 2,611,176. o In three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 226,369 guests, and on Thursday, March 2, attendance reached an opening-day record of 47,883.

o Another record was broken on Saturday, March 18, with a single-day attendance of 185,667, when the Show had more people on the grounds than Texas’ 16th most populated city.

  • Paid Rodeo/concert attendance reached 1,370,263. o Two of the RODEOHOUSTON® performances landed on the list of the Show’s top 20 paid rodeo/concert attendance records. § First: Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Go Tejano Day – Banda El Recodo and Siggno – 75,557
  • 17th: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Luke Bryan – 75,033

RODEOHOUSTON®

  • RODEOHOUSTON committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2017.
  • The 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series invited the world’s top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, March 7 – 25. o With the entire purse provided by RODEOHOUSTON, Super Series athletes competed for a share of $1,748,000 in prize money. Each event champion rode out of NRG Stadium with $50,000, plus winnings from the preliminary rounds.

o 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are: § Tie-Down Roping: Caleb Smidt: Belleville, Texas – $58,500

  • Bareback Riding: Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada – $56,000
  • Team Roping: Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota – $110,000
  • Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody DeMoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,438 • 2003 RODEOHOUSTON Champion
  • Steer Wrestling: Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana – $56,500
  • Barrel Racing: Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas – $60,000
  • Bull Riding: Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $53,375
  • The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions, presented by Crown Royal, was held Sunday, March 26, 2017. o This one-day event featured champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

o Contestants competed as individuals, and as part of a team consisting of event champions from each of the eight rodeos.

o The Super Shootout features five fan-favorite events: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.

o With a total purse of $250,000, the Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each event champion earned $25,000, and team members earned an additional $2,500 each for their share of $12,500 for the winning team.

o 2017 champions, with the rodeos they represented, are:

  • Bareback Riding: Tim, O’Connell, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Barrel Racing: Ivy Conrado, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Bull Riding: Riker Carter, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Saddle Bronc Riding: Taos Muncy, Reno Rodeo
  • Steer Wrestling: Sterling Lambert, Rodeo Austin
  • Super Shootout Team Award: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • each team member took home an additional $2,500

2017 HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW™

  • Livestock and horse show competitions drew 32,793 entries.
  • There were more than 19,000 Houston Livestock Show junior entries for the 10 breeding, market and dairy livestock shows, and 21 judging competitions and contests.
  • Junior auction sales totaled $15,239,356
  • Six junior auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion lots set world or Show records. The prices for the top winners in the junior market and school art auctions were:

o Junior Market Barrow

  • Grand Champion Barrow: $212,000 (world record)
  • Reserve Grand Champion Barrow: $133,000 (world record)

o Junior Market Pen of Broilers § Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $150,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $75,000

o Junior Market Goat § Grand Champion Goat: $180,000 (world record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Goat: $115,000

o Junior Market Lamb § Grand Champion Lamb: $270,000 (world record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Lamb: $125,000

o Junior Market Steer § Grand Champion Steer: $345,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Steer: $330,000

o Junior Market Turkey § Grand Champion Turkey: $110,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Turkey: $68,000

o School Art § Grand Champion Work of Art: $235,000 (Show record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art: $221,000 (Show record)
  • Auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:

o Barrow: $2,773,280

o Lamb and Goat: $3,101,479

o Poultry: $1,615,334

o School Art: $2,285,233

o Steer: $4,354,700

  • The Junior Commercial Steer Auction totals were $628,539 (live auction of choice steers).
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,844,208.
  • The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $551,116.
  • Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 370 certificates, each worth $2,000, to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer, steer or dairy calf to exhibit at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show. Certificate premiums totaled $740,000.
  • Calf scramble exhibitors from 2016 who returned with their heifer, steer and dairy projects to compete at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show received more than $100,000 total in premiums and awards.

SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATION

  • The Show committed $26,065,510 to the youth of Texas in 2017:

o $14,272,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer ($18,000 scholarships were increased to $20,000);

o $7,653,750 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants;

o $3,614,360 in educational program grants; and

o $525,400 in graduate assistantships.

MORE FACTS AND FIGURES

RODEOHOUSTON

  • Three RODEOHOUSTON entertainers drew 75,000 or more fans to NRG Stadium.
  • Show officials announced on Thursday, March 16, that country music icon Garth Brooks would open and close 2018 RODEOHOUSTON.
  • The new Mare and Foal presentation became a fan-favorite during the nightly 2017 performances, highlighting animal welfare and breeding programs. A new foal was born during RODEOHOUSTON, and fans voted to name the new addition Houston’s Honey.

AGVENTURE, presented by Occidental Petroleum

  • More than 61,000 people participated in a scheduled school tour or field trip.
  • More than 20,000 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.
  • More than 425 eggs hatched in the Poultry Exhibit.
  • Fifty-eight piglets, 20 calves and 14 lambs and were born at the Birthing Center.
  • More than 65,000 sunflower seeds were planted in the Soil Exhibit.

The Junction

  • More than 109,500 little farmers visited TDECU Fun on the Farm.
  • More than 16,000 people rode camels.
  • More than 3,500 children participated in Mutton Bustin’ in The Junction.

Food

  • Visitors consumed o 47,480 tamales;

o 38,000 cinnamon rolls;

o 29,196 potatoes;

o 18,915 barbecue sandwiches;

o 10,819 sausages on-a-stick;

o 8,000 funnel cakes;

o 3,400 corn dogs;

o and 122 slices of bug pizza.

RODEOHOUSTON TV

  • Live television broadcasts were available on FOX Sports Southwest throughout the U.S. and Canada, March 22 – 26.
  • Live streaming of RODEOHOUSTON action each night was available at rodeohouston.com and FoxSports.com/Southwest.
  • The Show produced four live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each day.

Show Merchandise

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached more than $4 million.
  • More than 80,000 items with the Show’s logo went home with fans, including 25,000 T-shirts, 10,000 lapel pins, and 10,000 cups and mugs.

Social Media

  • Since March 1, 2017,

o more than 357,000 public mentions online were recorded;

o 281,259,000 fans were reached online;

o and more than 287,683,000 additional fans were reached due to shares of the Show’s online content.

Transportation

  • More than 830,000 visitors utilized the Rodeo Express and METRO Park & Ride locations, including more than 380,000 riding METRORail.

Carnival

  • It took 350 truckloads of equipment to build the carnival.
  • The carnival hosted more than 2.4 million riders during the 20-day run of the Show.
  • Eighty semitrailers full of teddy bears found new homes.
  • Forty-one miles of turkey legs, if lined up end to end, were eaten.
  • The equivalent of two fields of corn were roasted.
  • The top five rides were Skyride, La Grande XL, Windstorm, RaveWave and G Force.
  • The top five games were Bank a Ball #1, One Ball, Mini Basketball, Bank a Ball #2 and Tubs.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.

Buyers invested in Texas youth, and set two world records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Barrow Auction, Friday, March 24.

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow sold for a world record of $212,000 to buyers Mickie and Jim Clark, Terri and Greg Courtney, Jackie and Jon Hodges, and Linda and David Johnson

David Johnson said there are many charities he could donate to, but the mission of the Show directly aligns with his and his fellow buyers’ values.

“We are privileged and blessed to support the Show,” Johnson said. “We are glad to support people who help themselves.”

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Allie James, 17, from Stratford, Texas, who in addition to showing livestock, plays basketball and is a National Honor Society member.

Johnson said that showing livestock teaches exhibitors, like Allie, the important life lessons of responsibility and dedication, as well as develops their work ethic.

“Allie is pretty successful in her own right and knows how to work hard.” Johnson said. “We are glad to reward that success.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, exhibited by Sadie Hardison, 13, of Fredericksburg, Texas, sold for $133,000 — another world record.

Jennifer and Paxton Crew contributed to the record-breaking bid, along with buyers Tori and Ed DeCora, Mary and Ken Hucherson, and Sheila and Emmett Story. Paxton Crew, a supporter of the Show for 15 years, said his own experiences in showing livestock led him to want to support exhibitors year after year.

“I’m here today because of the education I received in agriculture,” Crew said. “I know the dedication it takes and the responsibility these kids develop. You learn a lot about yourself, and I want to help support that.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

Champions from the top rodeos in the U.S. and Canada gathered in NRG Stadium, Sunday, March 26, to compete in the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions for their chance to win $25,000 and bragging rights as the best of the best.

With a total purse of $250,000, the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout is one of the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each rodeo athlete competed as an individual as well as with a team. Each champion received a $25,000 payout, and the winning team received a $12,500 payout. The teams consisted of the champion athletes from the following eight rodeos: Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, National Western Stock Show, Reno Rodeo, Rodeo Austin, RODEOHOUSTON, and San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Tonight’s high point team was Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The winning team consisted of bareback rider Tim O’Connell, steer wrestler Matt Reeves, saddle bronc rider Jake Wright, barrel racer Ivey Conrado and bull rider Riker Carter.

BAREBACK RIDING

Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa, claimed the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout Bareback Riding Championship title with a 90-point ride. O’Connell said the competition in the Shootout is of high caliber, so he knew he needed to ride well coming into tonight’s contest.

“We compete against eight standouts in each event and ride the best bucking broncs in the sport,” O’Connell said. “With the best-of-the-best here, you have to step up your game. It makes for a special day.”

Top Four

Tim O’Connell: Zwingle, Iowa — $25,000

Jake Brown: Cleveland, Texas — $10,000

Orin Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada— $5,500

Clayton Biglow: Clements, California — $3,500

STEER WRESTLING

Sterling Lambert of Fallon, Nevada, wrestled his steer in 5 seconds flat to win the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout Steer Wrestling Championship. He left the arena with the Champion title and $25,000 — the most he said he has ever won at one rodeo.

“The atmosphere at RODEOHOUSTON is amazing and we are treated so well,” Lambert said. “I competed against the best bulldoggers out there, so winning feels amazing.”

Top Four

Sterling Lambert: Fallon, Nevada — $25,000

Dakota Eldridge: Elko, Nevada — $10,000

Matt Reeves: Cross Plains, Texas — $5,500

Baylor Roche: Tremonton, Utah — $3,500

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

A 90-point ride in the Super Shootout Saddle Bronc Riding secured the win for Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico. Muncy said he battled an injury for the last six months, so this championship is more than just another win. It is his way of restarting his rodeo career.

“I have been hurt, so to get this win is a relief,” Muncy said. “Since this is such a prestigious rodeo, the win means so much more. I’m excited to be back.”

Top Four

Taos Muncy: Corona, New Mexico — $25,000

Zeke Thurston: Big Valley, Alberta, Canada — $10,000

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada – $5,500

Jacobs Crawley: Boerne, Texas – $3,500

BARREL RACING

Ivy Conrado of Hudson, Colorado, won the Super Shootout Barrel Racing Championship with a 14.27 second run, even though her stirrup fell off going into the first barrel. Conrado said that when she looks at her Championship belt buckle, she will always remember that moment.

“The Super Shootout is a prestigious rodeo because you get to compete against other champions,” Conrado said. “I love that because I don’t ever want a handout. I want to compete against the best.”

Top Four

Ivy Conrado: Hudson, Colorado — $25,000

Pamela Capper: Cheney, Washington — $10,000

Abby Penson: Blossom, Texas — $5,500

Stevi Hillman: Weatherford, Texas — $3,500

BULL RIDING

A first-time rider at RODEOHOUSTON, Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, captured the Bull Riding Super Shootout Championship. Carter said the crowd motivated him and this win is the biggest win of his career.

“This place is better than any place I’ve ever been before,” Carter said. “When the people here are cheering as loud as they are, I can barely here the buzzer. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Top Four

Riker Carter: Stone, Idaho — $25,000

Sage Steel Kimzey: Strong City, Oklahoma — $6,333

Markus Mariluch: Daingerfield, Texas — $6,333

Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $6,333

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news.

(AUSTIN) –– The state of Texas leads the nation in total energy production and new residents, according to an updated 50-State Scorecard unveiled today by the Comptroller’s office.

Texas also ranks high in its growth in employed workers and gross product, according to the web tool, which uses data from a variety of sources to score each state in six key categories: population and demographics; business and workforce; economic indicators; tax and debt; and, new this year, quality of life and natural resources.

The Comptroller’s office originally released the 50-State Scorecard in June 2015.

“Texans should be proud of our state’s rankings in this newly updated 50-State Scorecard,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Our abundant natural resources and tremendous economic opportunity are some of the reasons why so many people move to Texas every day. But challenges remain, and this tool allows us to identify not only areas where we are doing well, but also areas in which we can improve as a state.”

Visit our online scorecard tool and click on the map for in-depth descriptions, key takeaways and additional data for each ranking.

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) met today with Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, to discuss the important relationship between Texas and Mexico.

 Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

Texas is the proud home of more than 170,000 servicemembers and roughly 1.5 million veterans.  Within our state’s borders lies Military City, USA – also known as San Antonio – and many military installations, large and small.

But among all our servicemembers and veterans, Texas’ most decorated unit remains the group of 532 brave men we now call the “Texas Lost Battalion,” who were captured by the Japanese 75 years ago, in March 1942.

The story starts earlier, in the fall of 1940, when the 36th Division of the Texas National Guard arrived just outside of Brownswood at one of Texas’ largest training centers, Camp Bowie.  World War II had engulfed both Europe and Asia, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had issued orders in late August to mobilize the National Guard.

After a brief period of training, the unit traveled to a port in San Francisco, embarked on The Republic as the 2nd Battalion, 131stField Artillery, 36th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, and set sail for the Pacific Theater.

Two weeks into the journey, on December 7, 1941, The Republic and its convoy were just west of Hawaii when troops heard the news of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.  The United States officially joined the war, and The Republic shifted course from its original destination, the Philippines, to defend the Dutch East Indies.

The 36th Infantry Division arrived on the island of Java on January 11, 1942, the very same day the Japanese began their invasion of the Dutch Islands.  The 36th Infantry Division supported the 19th Heavy Bombardment Group as they fought off the Japanese.  But when that Group left Java for Australia, the 36th was left behind in the increasingly grim Java.

It was then, after most other Allied units had retreated to Australia, that the Japanese completed the demise of the Dutch Islands and took the remaining units prisoner.  The Japanese neglected to file the identities of the captured units, so the 36th Infantry Division fell off the United States’ radar.  The U.S. Military and the soldiers’ families had lost track of the 36th Infantry Division, and so they earned the fabled name “Texas Lost Battalion.”

For the next three years, the Texas Lost Battalion was forced to endure brutal conditions in Japanese Prisoner of War (POW) camps.  The Texas soldiers were dragged through the Dutch East Indies, Singapore, Burma, and Thailand, working back-breaking jobs in brutal conditions as their fellow POWs perished around them, including the Railroad of Death connecting Burma and Bangkok and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.

The Texas Lost Battalion was – figuratively – found on September 16, 1944.  On that day, American submarines sank two Japanese freighters transporting British and Australian POWs in the Pacific, and the surviving POWs told stories of working alongside Texas soldiers from the 36th Infantry Division.

On August 15, 1945, the soldiers of the Texas Lost Battalion were finally liberated – some 42 months after their capture.  Unfortunately, not all of the 532 brave troops that embarked on The Republic in 1941 returned home after the war.  Each of them has a story to tell, and the legacy of their heroic service lives on.

Their story is one of unwavering courage, unspeakable sacrifice, and unbreakable dedication.  It’s a story we must continue to share, generation to generation.  That’s why earlier this month, I submitted their story to be memorialized in the Congressional Record, so Texans, and all Americans, can reflect upon the storied Texas Lost Battalion and always remember that freedom isn’t free.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.