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U.S. Department of State
95/08/21 Remarks at Andrews AFB 
Office of the Spokesman

                          U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
                          Office of the Spokesman

                       REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF STATE 
                            WARREN CHRISTOPHER,
                               ROBERT FRASURE,
                              JOSEPH J. KRUZEL,
                               SECURITY COUNCIL
                           FROM BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

                             Andrews Air Force Base
                            Monday, August 21, 1995

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Members of the Frasure, Kruzel, and Drew 
families, distinguished guests and friends, it is with great sorrow that 
we gather today to bring home Bob Frasure, Joe Kruzel, and Nelson Drew.  
These three dedicated Americans lived their lives in the service of 
their country and in the pursuit of peace.  They gave their lives in a 
noble effort to save the lives of others.

We share in the grief of their families and friends, just as we shared 
in their common purpose.

These men remind us that the pursuit of American interests and 
principles in this world is not an abstraction.  It cannot be 
accomplished by high technology or whirring computers.  It depends upon 
superb individuals like Bob Frasure, Joe Kruzel, and Nelson Drew.  
Whether it was working long hours in Washington or shuttling back and 
forth from one capital to another, or entering a zone of high danger, 
they did what had to be done.

I want to say a special word about Bob Frasure, who was an irreplaceable 
colleague and a valued friend.  For two decades Bob lived his life in 
the best tradition of the Foreign Service.  That time-honored phrase -- 
"the best tradition of the Foreign Service" -- is rich with content at a 
moment like this.  For Bob it meant a life of selfless service to others 
-- from South Africa to Ethiopia to Estonia and, finally, to Bosnia.  It 
meant accepting without cavil or complaint the most difficult and 
dangerous assignments which come, it seems, to the best people as a 
paradoxical reward for their excellence.  Our Foreign Service produces 
people like Bob more often than most Americans would realize.

Bob was a devoted husband and father as he contributed to his important 
foreign policy responsibilities.  I pay tribute to him and to our 
Service as he returns home from this tragic mission.  My prayers go out 
to his wife Katharina and to his daughters Sarah and Virginia.

I benefitted from every moment I spent with Bob, from his experience, 
from his judgment, and from his sense of humor.  In the hours since 4:00 
a.m. (PDT) last Saturday morning, my thoughts have been filled with the 
brilliant and colorful epigrams that made Bob's presentations so 
effective.  I vividly remember calling on him recently without a 
moment's warning at a meeting of sixteen foreign ministers, who very 
soon were under his brilliant sway.

The peace plan that our delegation was pursuing this last week drew 
heavily on Bob's insight and on his wisdom.  He helped shape its 
elements, and he gave all his energies to fulfilling its promise.

The loss of Bob and Joe and Nelson is a terrible blow; but the effort to 
bring peace to Bosnia will continue; and with a renewed sense of 
commitment we will honor their sacrifice by striving to complete their 
work.  One day the shells will stop falling in Bosnia, the minefields 
will be cleared, and the terrible cycle of needless violence and death 
in Bosnia will finally come to an end.  When it does, it will be due to 
devoted peacemakers like Bob and Joe and Nelson, and to their colleagues 
who survived, especially Dick Holbrooke and General Wes Clark.  It will 
be due to their spirit of service.

A half century ago Dean Acheson captured that spirit of service.  He 
described the people who serve our country abroad as "giving their whole 
lives to the United States -- competent, courageous, devoted."  Some, he 
said, were serving in areas of "hot" war where bombs were dropping and 
bullets were flying.  Others were serving where dangers to health were 
as great as bullets.  They knew their duty, and they did it.

That spirit is exemplified by these three Americans.  It lives on in the 
Foreign Service and all the branches of our government.  We rededicate 
ourselves to it today at this melancholy moment.  We pledge ourselves to 
carry on in the footsteps of these three distinguished Americans, 
following their example toward the goal that they did so much to bring 
within our reach.

Thank you.

SECRETARY PERRY:  Robert Frasure, Joseph Kruzel, Colonel Nelson Drew 
were great Americans, great diplomats, and great human beings.  They 
gave their lives pursuing peace in a land that suffered far too long 
from death, destruction and displacement.

As we grieve their loss, let God in his mercy ease our pain and leave us 
only their cherished memories, our pride in their achievements, and the 
knowledge that their sacrifice for peace was not in vain.

With the death of Joe Kruzel I lost a trusted advisor, a gifted 
policymaker, and a cherished friend.  He was the chief architect of one 
of my most important goals as Secretary of Defense -- to reach out to 
the nations in the former Warsaw Pact in their quest for democracy and 
regional stability.  Thanks in great part to Joe's leadership, the agent 
for this change -- NATO's Partnership for Peace -- has been a resounding 

Just three weeks ago, more than a dozen nations from the former Warsaw 
Pact held a joint peacekeeping exercise in Louisiana with US, Canadian, 
and British forces.  We saw armies that had spent decades building a 
balance of terror now building a balance of trust.  Joe Kruzel, more 
than any single person, was responsible for this historic event; and he 
would have been proud to see it.  Instead, he was with our diplomatic 
team in Europe trying to bring peace to Bosnia.

Joe created the Partnership for Peace, but in a broader sense you could 
say Joe was a partner for peace.  Indeed, his insightful and sensitive 
work had been critical in bringing us closer to a negotiated settlement 
to the conflict in Bosnia -- closer than at any time in the past four 
years.  The quest for peace that he helped pursue in Bosnia has in the 
past seemed like a struggle of Sisyphus, the figure from Greek mythology 
who was condemned to spend all of eternity pushing a heavy rock up one 
side of a mountain, only to have it come back down just as he reached 
the top.

We have been pushing the rock of peace up the side of the Bosnian 
mountain for a long time now, and it has kept rolling back down.  But 
like Sisyphus, we will not stop trying -- for the thousands who have 
perished, for the thousands who are threatened, for the peace and 
stability of Europe, and for Robert Frasure, Joseph Kruzel, and Colonel 
Nelson Drew, who shouldered the burden of seeking peace until their 
final moment.  They stood for peace; they died for peace.

To borrow from Will Roger's eulogy for Woodrow Wilson:  "What they stood 
for and died for will be strived after for as long as it takes."

MR. LAKE:  Today we bring home three friends, three men of peace who 
were on a mission of peace:  Bob Frasure, Joe Kruzel, and Nelson Drew 
died in the service of our nation and in the cause of humanity.  
Throughout their careers -- and most recently in the former Yugoslavia 
-- all three sought for others the blessings that we Americans sometimes 
take too much for granted:  peace, security, and the opportunity to live 
the quiet miracle of life free from war and violence.

The family and loved ones of Bob and Joe and Nelson have lost a father, 
a husband, a son, a friend; and the American people have lost three of 
their finest representatives -- men who made the struggle for freedom 
and decency the defining dedication of a professional lifetime.

I want to say a special word about Nelson, who was a member of the staff 
at the National Security Council.  Nelson was trained to defend our 
nation and to fight wars, but in the finest tradition of the 
soldier/diplomat, he gave his passion to the search for peace.

I knew of Nelson's extraordinary record at the Air Force Academy and at 
the National War College and at our Mission to NATO, and that's why we 
were so happy to have him join us at the NSC.

Over the past months, I came to know a remarkable military officer, a 
fine teacher, a real strategic thinker and a strong and gentle human 
being.  Nelson combined all of these qualities every day in the 
relentless search for peace in Bosnia.  His ideas and his wisdom were 
the lifeblood of the plan for peace that he and Bob and Joe were 
carrying with them when they died.

Let me say to Nelson's wife, Sandy -- a remarkable woman -- and to their 
children, Samantha and Phillip, I know that there are no words that can 
soothe your grief or make whole your loss.  Your husband and father was 
a remarkable American.  I know you will find strength in his strength, 
see courage in his courage and take comfort in all the love that 
surrounds you.

Nelson, Bob and Joe made a commitment to peace and gave their lives 
seeking to fulfill it; and today we make -- all of us here -- a 
commitment to them to persevere.  In the coming days their memory will 
infuse every new thought, every new effort, every new surge of energy 
that all of us will bring to the work that we have shared with them.  We 
will be guided by their example and by their sacrifice, and we will not 
rest until their struggle that they made their life's calling is won.  
Unlike Sisyphus, we will put the rock on top of the mountain.

May God bless Bob Frasure and Joe Kruzel and Nelson Drew and their 
families here.

Thank you.
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