President Clinton Awards the Presidential Citizens Medal to Ambassador Pete Peterson (11/18/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Hanoi, Vietnam)

For Immediate Release                         November 18, 2000

     On November 17, 2000, the President awarded the Presidential Citizens
Medal to Ambassador Pete Peterson.  The text of the citation reads as

                                 PETE PETERSON

     As ambassador, three-term member of Congress, and highly decorated Air
Force pilot, Pete Peterson has devoted his life to protecting and
strengthening democracy.  While in our Armed Forces, he survived 6 1/2
years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and returned there in 1997 as
America's first postwar ambassador to begin the process of reconciliation.
With diplomatic skill and sensitivity, he has worked to heal the wounds of
the past while actively pursuing a full accounting of all missing
Americans.  Through his selfless and inspiring service, Pete Peterson has
demonstrated an unwavering devotion to duty, honor, and country.

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