Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Honor American Patriots of WWII with a “Congressional Gold Medal”
Endorsed by the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, National World War II Museum, Air Force Association, American Fighter Aces Association, Ernie Hall Aviation Museum, VFW Post 2662, American War Memorials Overseas, Bomber
Command Museum of Canada, No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, Aircrew Remembered, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, 20th Century Aviation Magazine, Hickory Aviation Museum, and Florida Aviation Historical Society
Cosponsors: McCollum, Jackson Lee, Kaptur, Bordallo, Clarke, Coffman
I write today to invite you to become a cosponsor of a legislative initiative which will recognize the legacies of the estimated 12,000 Americans who joined the fight for democracy in WWII prior to the United States’ declared entry into the conflict. Prior
to the attack on Pearl Harbor courageous citizens from across the country saw the dangers represented by Nazi and Fascist aggression and voluntarily fought to prevent the associated detrimental impacts on the American way of life. Cosponsor today the “American
Patriots of WWII through Service with the Canadian and British Armed Forces Gold Medal Act of 2017” and honor these heroes.
Wartime media accounts detail the intrepid volunteers, and organizations within several states have recognized them with memorials and websites. Yet the foresight, courage and sacrifices of these patriots have remained for the most part an untold story which
has not received formal, collective recognition. Their positive contributions were legion and the knowledge and experience they obtained under Canadian and British tutelage provided invaluable leadership later when many transferred into branches of the U.S.
Military. These patriots who served in the Canadian and British armed forces before transferring to lead the United States in the wartime effort include
LTC John C. Morgan, the only person to become a Prisoner of War after being awarded the Medal of Honor. Other distinguished patriots include: Edward J. Tracey,
William R. Dunn,
Dominic Salvatore Gentile, and John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Many individuals who were unable to enlist due to exclusions relating to gender, age, race, health, formal education, or other reasons supported this effort by joining the new ancillaries and support agencies. This heroism generated progressive cultural
change. For example, the successes of Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) female ferry aircrews paved the way for the formation in the U.S. of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and led to greater incorporation and utilization of women in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Jacqueline Cochran, was an ATA recruiter and a pioneer of the WASPs.
Additional information is available through the following independent video and websites:
The Americans who served in Canadian and British military and paramilitary units represent a largely overlooked group and their legacy of service is one of valor. These men and women played essential roles in securing victory and are worthy of official commendation.
Please join in the effort to formally recognize these valiant warriors. To do so, please contact Jason Bahmer,
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