Richard Lowell Roudebush – Sergeant, United States Army Member of Congress Administrator, Veterans Administration

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After receiving serious injuries in the Second World War, Richard L. Roudebush served with distinction as a U.S. Congressman from Indiana. He also served a tour as Commander-In-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. The Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center, a part of the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, has been named in his honor.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30, Grave 432.


Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Representative from Indiana; born on a farm in Hamilton County, near Noblesville, Ind., January 18, 1918; attended Hamilton County schools; graduated from Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind., in 1941; served in the United States Army from November 18, 1941, to August 12, 1944, as a demolition specialist for the Ordnance Department in Middle Eastern, North African, and Italian Campaigns; farmer; partner in livestock commission company; National Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1957-1958; chairman of Indiana Veterans Commission, 1954-1960; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1971); was not a candidate in 1970 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration, 1971-1977; died January 28, 1995.

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