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and three committee chairs and a ranking member, as well
as strong overall bipartisan support for Maggie's case is very
encouraging. We are hopeful for a positive response from
Acting Secretary Murphy."
Also signing on to the letter were: U.S. Reps. Chris Van
Hollen (D-MD), ranking member, Committee on Budget; Dina
Titus (D-NV), member, Veterans› Affairs Committee; Sam
Graves (R-MO), member, Armed Services Committee; Niki
Tsongas (D-MA), member, Armed Services Committee; Marc
Veasey (D-TX), member, Armed Services Committee; Joe
Wilson (R-SC), member, Armed Services Committee; Joe
Crowley (D-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Janice Hahn (D-CA) Steve
Israel (D-NY), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX),
David Rouzer (R-NC), and John Sarbanes (D-MD).

About Megellas' Military Service, Acts of Valor
Megellas, an AHEPA life member, is the recipient of the
Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Purple
Hearts, Belgian Fourragere, and the Dutch Orange Lanyard.
In 2008, the German government honored him for his role
in liberating the Wobbelin Concentration Camp, May 2, 1945.
His acts of valor demonstrated at the Battle of the Bulge,
which warrant review because of errors in Army records, are
deserving of the Medal of Honor. There, he led a surprise and

L-R: Ambassador Panagopoulos, Lt. Col. Megellas and Supreme
President Galanis share a moment during the reception.

devastating attack on a much larger advancing enemy force,
killing and capturing a large number and causing others to
flee, single-handedly destroying an attacking German Mark V
tank with two hand-held grenades, and then leading his men
in clearing and seizing Herresbach.
In addition to the Battle of the Bulge, Megellas fought
in: Africa, Anzio, Operation Market Garden, the Waal River
Crossing, and Occupied Berlin.

Members of Congress gather with Lt. Col. Megellas during the reception, including (l-r): Reps. Russell, Titus, Bilirakis, Tsongas, Sessions, Marchant
and McCaul.

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