Daines Celebrates Passage of Bill to Honor Montana’s Last Pearl Harbor Survivor

Bill will rename Butte VA Clinic after Charlie Dowd

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bill to designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butte, Montana, as the Charlie A. Dowd VA Clinic passed out of the U.S. Senate. Charlie Dowd passed away in March 2023 and was Montana’s last survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dowd was an advocate for his fellow veterans and dedicated to preserving the memory of the events of World War II and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Dowd was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and spoke for civic groups and at museums across Montana. During the course of his service, Dowd was awarded seven bronze star medals.

“Charlie Dowd is an American hero, and he should be remembered as such. Renaming the Butte VA Clinic after Charlie is just a small way for us to continue his legacy of serving his fellow veterans and honor his lifetime of service to our great state and nation,” Daines said.

Daines introduced the bill in November 2023 and urged Congressional leadership to support his bill in March 2024.

In August 2018, Senator Daines honored Charlie Dowd in the Congressional Record.

To see more of Daines’ extensive work for veterans, click HERE.