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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 396-13
June 03, 2013

Statement by Secretary Hagel on the Passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

            I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate.  Frank was a good friend and respected colleague.  He was a strong advocate for the men and women of our armed forces and their military families, and America's veterans.  He was a member of America's "greatest generation."  His passion and his leadership will be missed.  Lilibet and my thoughts and prayers, as well as all of us at the Department of Defense, are with Bonnie and his family.

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