Sending Office: Honorable Ann M. Kuster
Request for Cosponsor(s)
During World War 2, the United States Army operated two top-secret units that specialized in tactical decisions. These units, known as the “Ghost Army,” were so imperative to key Allied victories that afterward, a U.S. Army analysis found that “Rarely, if
ever, has there been a group of such a few men which had so great an influence on the outcome of a major military campaign.”
Specially recruited from art schools, ad agencies, and other creative professions, the Ghost Army soldiers did not carry rifles as weapons. Instead, they were armed with inflatable equipment like tanks and artillery, engineered soundtracks, and skillful
radio trickery. With these classified tools and techniques, the Ghost Army created illusions of sizable American forces when there were none, confusing Axis troops and deterring enemy attacks. Despite being artists and actors, the soldiers of the Ghost Army
often worked close to the front lines. Three soldiers of the Ghost Army gave their lives and dozens were injured during their mission.
Yet, today, their feat stands largely unrecognized by the public. The exploits of the Ghost Army remained classified for decades. Consequently, their service to our nation was never properly recognized: they received no medals or unit citations for their
actions in Europe. Our bill, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act, aims to honor these heroes for the first time.
I urge you to join me in celebrating the valiant and honorable efforts of these heroes.
Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress
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