Washington, D.C. –Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has cosponsored H.R. 2992 – the Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act.
“The Merchant Mariners served their country honorably during World War II, supporting our troops in combat zones and engaging in battles themselves,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “These brave Americans deserve the tribute of a grateful nation, and I am proud to support this legislation to award the Merchant Mariners of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian award that can be bestowed on an individual by the United States Congress.”
Merchant Mariners were pulled into World War II by FDR in 1941. They engaged in multiple battles as they delivered supplies to combat zones around the world. Their charge was dangerous enough that the Merchant Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate (relative to their population) of any branch of the service in WWII. The Merchant Marine are seeking the Congressional Gold Medal Act for those who served in WWII. This would honor their service in support of the Allied Powers.
This bill would require the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold medal to the U.S. Merchant Marine of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II.