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Navy Leadership Bids Farewell to Representative Murtha

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Story Number: NNS100208-29
Release Date: 2/8/2010 7:01:00 PM

From Defense Media Activity-Anacostia

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy leadership expressed today their deepest condolence for the death of Representative John Murtha (D-PA) at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus thanked Murtha for a life of service to the nation.

"The Navy and Marine Corps extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Chairman Murtha during this difficult time. Both in uniform and in the halls of Congress, Chairman Murtha dedicated his life to serving his country both in the Marine Corps and Congress. His unwavering support of our Sailors and Marines, and in particular our wounded warriors, was well known and deeply appreciated. The men and women of the naval service and all who have served will sorely miss this strong proponent of selfless service to our nation," said Mabus.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said the Navy has lost a huge supporter.

"Our Navy is saddened by the passing of Chairman Murtha. He cared deeply for the men and women of our Navy and their families. Since 1974, Sailors and their families have known they have had a tireless advocate working on their behalf, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Murtha family during this most difficult time," said Roughead.

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