From: The Honorable Ann M. Kuster
Sent By:
Bill: H.R. 2170
Date: 7/5/2016

The Ghost Army to Your District! 

Ghost Army soldiers with decoy tanks


Dear Colleague:

As we approach the summer district work period, I invite you to share with your constituents the inspiring story of a top-secret Army unit credited with saving thousands of lives during World War II.  

The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the “Ghost Army,” used tactical deception to divert enemy troops.  Recruited from art and design schools and from advertising
agencies, these men created false radio transmissions, along with decoy tanks, planes, and other vehicles to deceive German soldiers, while concealing the true movements of Allied troops.  The unit’s activities were classified until 1996, meaning that their
heroic actions went largely unrecognized until recently.  Last year, my colleague Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and I, both of whom represent districts that were home to veterans of the unit, introduced H.R. 2170, the
Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act.  This legislation would collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to the unit’s members, providing a long-overdue honor to these courageous, creative individuals.

In 2013, award-winning filmmaker Rick Beyer wrote, produced, and directed a documentary,
The Ghost Army, that tells the unit’s story.  Along with Rick, I have held screenings of this acclaimed film in my district, the most
recent of which drew well over 150 people.  These events have also served as excellent opportunities for attendees to ask questions and learn more about the Ghost Army, and to discuss
ways in which we can properly honor our nation’s veterans.  

I encourage you to share this incredible story with your constituents by hosting a screening of
The Ghost Army in your own district, and I am happy to assist you in doing this.  For more information,
or to cosponsor our legislation, please contact Lydia Hall on my staff at, or 5-5206.




Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress