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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 21 May 2014, 16:26

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House votes to honor WWII-era heroes

Golfer Jack Nicklaus, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Monuments Men whose story was depicted in the recentGeorge Clooney movie would be among the latest recipients of Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, under legislation approved by the House.


A number of the measures that passed Monday seek to pay tribute to World War II-era groups such as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before it’s too late. For example, of the approximately 350 men – and women – of the Monuments Men who worked to return Nazi-looted artworks to their owners, only six survive.


Robert Edsel, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, welcomed the action before Memorial Day. The measure is expected to go before the Senate later this week.
Other groups that would receive the medal under the legislation approved by the House:
The 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, a unit made up mainly of Puerto Ricans “in recognition of its pioneering military service, devotion to duty, and many acts of valor in the face of adversity.”


• The members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo.” The Senate passed a companion bill last year.


• World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol.


• American Fighter Aces “in recognition of their heroic military service and defense of our country’s freedom throughout the history of aviation warfare.”


Nicklaus would be awarded the medal “in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship and philanthropy.”


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Post by Nicky80 on Wed 21 May 2014, 17:59

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Post by Mazy on Wed 21 May 2014, 20:57

Thanks to the movie and the book they are finally getting some recognition. xxx
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