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Sen. Daines, Rep. Rosendale, Sen. Tester, Rep. Zinke Sent Letter to Congressional Leadership to Rename Butte VA Clinic in Honor of Montana Hero Charlie Dowd, Montana’s Last Pearl Harbor Survivor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), Senator Jon Tester, and Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-01), sent a letter to Senate and House leadership in support of legislation that would rename the VA Outpatient Clinic in Butte, MT, in honor of Charlie Dowd, Montana’s last Pearl Harbor survivor who passed away in March 2023.

“We write to you today in support of S. 2385, a bill to rename the VA Outpatient Clinic in Butte, Montana, to the “Charlie Dowd VA Clinic” – out of remembrance to Montana’s last Pearl Harbor Survivor who unfortunately passed away in March 2023.

“Charlie fought valiantly at Pearl Harbor—emerging from the barracks in only his night clothes, grabbing a Springfield rifle, and attempting to down the attacking enemy aircraft. After Pearl Harbor, Charlie continued a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, earning seven Bronze Star Medals.

“Upon leaving military service, Charlie would go on to start a family and build a successful career in Montana. He remained committed to caring for his fellow veterans as an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He was dedicated to preserving the memory of World War II and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Charlie was a true patriot whose legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

“While we can never fully repay Charlie’s service to our state and this country, renaming this VA facility in Butte in his honor would be a step in the right direction.”

Read the full letter HERE.