Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook Joins Bipartisan Group to Handwash Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Jul 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This morning, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) joined a bipartisan group of fellow Representatives to wash the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by hand to show respect and gratitude for those who lost their lives in Vietnam. 


Constructed in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre U.S. national memorial that honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam, and those service members who were unaccounted for during the war.

Attendees included:
• Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)
• Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.)
• Rep. Gilbert Cisneros (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.)
• Rep. Jason Crow (R-Colo.)
• Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.)
• Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.)
• Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.)
• Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.)
• Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.)
• Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.)
• Rep. Seth Moulton (R-Mass.)
• Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.)
• Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.)
• Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.)

Rep. Cook said, “It was very moving to join my colleagues this morning at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as we paid tribute to the more than 58,000 men and women who perished in Vietnam. Many of them served alongside me, but didn’t make it home. We must never forget their service or their sacrifice. Our nation is forever in debt.”

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.