Baucus Statement on the passing of James “Stoney” Wines

(Washington, D.C.) – Montana’s senior U.S. Senator issued the following statement on the passing of World War II Veteran and Helena resident James “Stoney” Wines who was a proud member of the First Special Service Force based at Fort Harrison:

 “Stoney served our country with bravery, made our state proud and dedicated himself to the safety of folks in Helena as a police officer and captain. He is a true American hero and I’m doing everything to help honor his sacrifice with the highest honor Congress can bestow. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wines family at this time.”

 Baucus is working to pass legislation he wrote to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force which James “Stoney” Wines served on based at Fort Harrison. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can grant. The First Special Service Force was created during WWII and paved the way for the creation of the nation’s elite Special Forces.

 Contact: Kate Downen 406-224-5056/Kathy Weber 406-329-7980/Jennifer Donohue 202-224-2651

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