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February 13, 2003
Introduced by Reps. Neilson, J. Hines, Gourdine, Hosey, Govan, Barfield, Battle, Bowers, Davenport, Freeman, M. Hines, Leach, McCraw, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, Phillips, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, Snow, Thompson, Vaughn and Weeks
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To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 3583) to urge the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, and specifically the Honorable John Spratt, to award William G. "Billy" Farrow the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor exhibited, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.
TO URGE THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, AND SPECIFICALLY THE HONORABLE JOHN SPRATT, TO AWARD WILLIAM G. "BILLY" FARROW THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS VALOR EXHIBITED IN LAYING DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY DURING DOOLITTLE'S RAID ON TOKYO, APRIL 18, 1942.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina request that William G. "Billy" Farrow be given a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his courage during the raid on Tokyo, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, in 1942; and
Whereas, Billy Farrow was a pilot from Darlington, South Carolina, who was captured after Doolittle's raid and executed by the Japanese at the age of twenty-four; and
Whereas, he graduated from St. John's High School in 1936 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery; and
Whereas, Billy Farrow, like the rest of Doolittle's Raiders, exhibited courage when he volunteered for the mission that left from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet; and
Whereas, the raid was the first retaliatory strike at the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and it sent a psychological shock to the Japanese, who sat in false confidence that their country was safe from bombing; and
Whereas, Lieutenant Farrow piloted one of the sixteen B-25 bombers that flew in the raid and was one of eight flyers captured after their planes crash landed. Lieutenant Farrow, Lieutenant Dean Hallmark, and Sergeant Harold Spatz were executed by a firing squad in October, 1942; and
Whereas, the General Assembly requests that William G. "Billy" Farrow be given a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his commendable bravery. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly urge the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, and specifically the Honorable John Spratt, to award William G. "Billy" Farrow the Medal of Honor for his valor exhibited in laying down his life for his country during Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, April 18, 1942.
Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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