Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha Dies at Age 77, Rest In Peace


Long time Democrat US Representative from Pennsylvania John Murtha has passed away at the age of 77.According to accounts Murtha died from complications from gallbladder surgery. Rest in Peace.

His aides released a statement saying that he died shortly after 1 p.m. today at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Mr. Murtha had been placed in intensive care last week after complications from gallbladder surgery, his staff said then.

Although we agreed with very little of Murtha’s policies,  political agenda or comments he made toward Marines, this is not neither the time or place to discuss. We wish his family our condolences on their loss and wish John Murtha the peace of the Lord.

The Washington Post had a nice eulogy regarding the accomplishments in Murtha’s life not related to politics.

John Patrick Murtha Jr. was born June 17, 1932, in New Martinsville, W.Va., and raised in Westmoreland County, Pa. He long credited the resilient women in his family, including his mother, as key to his success in life. His father, an alcoholic, died early. Murtha said he didn’t drink for that reason, and despite the many political fundraisers where a congressman is either honored guest or host, Murtha was known for making an early appearance and an early departure.

He entered the Marine Corps in 1952, during the Korean War period, and served until 1955. He returned to Johnstown to run the family carwash and finish his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962, and he joined the Marine Corps Reserve. During the Vietnam conflict, he volunteered for combat and served near Da Nang in 1966 and 1967.

In 1955, he married Joyce Bell. She survives, along with their daughter, Donna Murtha ; twin sons, Pat Murtha and John M. Murtha ; and three grandchildren.

The sudden and untimely death of Congressman Murtha could cause the health care bill to be more difficult to pass as well as a political fight will ensue to fill the seat held by the late John Murtha. Republicans are sure to target the seat in an effort to win back the House in 2010.

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha Dies at Age 77, Rest In Peace”

    1. Carpe on February 9th, 2010 1:51 am

      He called our soldiers rapists and murderers!

      John Murtha is where he belongs.

      Ten toes up with a headstone to wiz on.

      I can forgive a lot… but not that much.

    2. Greg the Mongoose on February 9th, 2010 7:14 am

      Carpe I think your confused with John Kerry?

    3. Scared Monkeys on February 9th, 2010 7:53 am

      #2, actually Murtha did call the Marines murderers.


      REP. JOHN “JACK” MURTHA: Well, I’ll tell you exactly what happened. One Marine was killed and the Marines just said we’re going to take care – we don’t know who the enemy is, the pressure was too much on them, so they went into houses and they actually killed civilians. And, and –

      Murtha accuses Marines of murder … they murdered them in cold blood

      Murtha sued for Slander of USMC

      All Marines were cleared and no Murtha apology.

      Personally Carpe, Murtha has to answer to a much higher being than you or I for what he did.

    4. super dave on February 9th, 2010 8:02 am

      one more democrat that has to fess up to his crimes when the day comes.

    5. bippo on February 10th, 2010 2:05 pm

      i think john was murdered himself by the doctors who screwed up on purpose.
      to get a chance at another democrat seat,
      i supose all you bad mouthers are combat vets too huh???

    6. robert h joswiak sr on February 12th, 2010 1:12 pm

      most of you Americans are a bunch of asshole uneducated uninformed idiots. america’s military is controlled by satanic forces ever since world war one. are military is nothing but a mercenary machine of the elite. murtha spoke the truth something your filthy ungodly mind will not accept.communism exist in this world today because the military machine of the united states help put it in place.just like Patton was murdered mccarthy was murdered it would not surprise me if murtha was murdered too , murtha was an American hero in my book, from gods army the sons of liberty , just like George Washington and the true American patriots had to sacrifice many lives to preserve this republic and its constitution, so too the sons of liberty will rise to the occasion to once again save the republic, what sickens me is so many of you morons with your bears cans in one hand and sports remote control in the other will get a free ride on the backs of true men.well boys wait the chineese will be here soon to finish things off see how your going to like it

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