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HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No.
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION

    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring and commending Colonel and Editor Gerald L. "Jerry" Sargent, for his life time of Public Service, and the occasion of his 75th birthday, November 30, 2000.



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Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION



    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring and commending Colonel and Editor Gerald L. "Jerry" Sargent, for his life time of Public Service, and the occasion of his 75th birthday, November 30, 2000.

    Whereas, Gerald Lee Sargent was born November 30, 1925 in Bloomington;

    Whereas, he graduated from Bloomington High School in 1943;

    Whereas, he volunteered to serve in United States Navy in 1944 taking basic training at the Great Lakes Training Center; from there he was assigned to the U.S.S. Tollberg, an attack destroyer, as a Radioman 3rd Class and later as a Gunnery Supervisor;

    Whereas, he served in the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the South Pacific theaters of World War II;

    Whereas, he earned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars for action at Leyte Gulf and Okinawa;

    Whereas, he earned the American Theater Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal;



    Whereas, upon returning home from the war, he attended the Indiana University School of Journalism and graduated in 1949.

    Whereas, he also received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry after four years as a ROTC cadet at Indiana University;

    Whereas, he was called to active service in the Korean Conflict in 1950, as a 1st Lieutenant, then as a Captain in the Continental United States, before being sent to the Pusan Perimeter, where he served at U.S. Army Headquarters until reassigned in 1951;

    Whereas, he served until 1980 in the United States 70th Training Division, consisting of Infantry based troops from Indiana and Michigan;

    Whereas, he graduated from the United States Industrial War College at Ft. McNair, Virginia in 1975, having entered the Federal Selective Service System as a Major in 1960.

    Whereas, he was promoted to Colonel under General Lewis B. Hershey, with his office located at Ft. Benjamin Harrison;

    Whereas, he married Mary Frances Steivers on September 21, 1975 on the campus of the University of Indianapolis;

    Whereas, Jerry Sergent served as editor of "The Perry Township Weekly" starting in 1962, and is now editor emeritus of its successor, "The Southside Times";

    Whereas, his civilian career as a journalist spanned 50 years working as a reporter, editorial writer and eventually a television personality for television station WTTV;

    Whereas, he telecast the first ever game of the Indianapolis Indians in 1954;



    Whereas, he served as a Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative William G. Bray from 1955 to 1974;

    Whereas, he obtained membership in the Beech Grove American Legion Post #276 in 1955, making the year 2001 his 55th year of consecutive membership;

    Whereas, Gerald L. Sargent, Col. USAR, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in July 1980;

    Whereas, he was honorably discharged August 14, 1980, after 34 years of service to the United States Armed Forces;

    Whereas, he is the recipient of many awards including the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1982 and the Man of the Year for the City of Greenwood in 2001;

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:


    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly honors and commends Colonel and Editor Gerald L. "Jerry" Sargent, a native Hoosier, for his life time of public service to the citizens of the state of Indiana, his community, and our country, and sends best wishes for his 75th birthday.

    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives transmit 3 copies of this resolution to Col. and Mrs. Jerry Sargent.