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Sending Office: King (NY), Peter T.
Sent By:
Ryan.Woodward@mail.house.gov

Current Cosponsors (117): Ralph Abraham, Pete Aguilar, Rick W. Allen, Mark Amodei, Cynthia Axne, Don Bacon, Jim Banks, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Brendan Boyle, Julia Brownley, Ted Budd, Bradley Byrne, John Carter, Matt Cartwright, Ed Case,
Steve Chabot, Gilbert R. Cisneros, Emanuel Cleaver, Steve Cohen, Tom Cole, Paul Cook, Jim Costa, Dan Crenshaw, Joe Cunningham, Rodney Davis, Madeleine Dean, Mark DeSaulnier, Mike Doyle, Dwight Evans, Brian K. Fitzpatrick, Charles J. Fleischmann, Bill Foster,
Tulsi Gabbard, Matt Gaetz, Ruben Gallego, John Garamendi, Chuy García, Sylvia R. Garcia, Anthony Gonzalez, Jared Golden, Sam Graves, Deb Haaland, Josh Harder, Denny Heck, Jody Hice, Brian Higgins, J. French Hill, Trey Hollingsworth, Bill Johnson, David P.
Joyce, Marcy Kaptur, Fred Keller, Trent Kelly, Daniel T. Kildee, Ron Kind, Adam Kinzinger, Darin LaHood, Conor Lamb, James R. Langevin, Robert E. Latta, Al Lawson, Susie Lee, Ted Lieu, Elaine Luria, Roger Marshall, Brian Mast, Ben McAdams, James P. McGovern,
David McKinley, Dean Phillips, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Paul Mitchell, Alexander X. Mooney, Greg Murphy, Stephanie N. Murphy, Grace F. Napolitano, Donald Norcross, Ralph Norman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chris Pappas, Scott Perry, Collin C. Peterson, Bill Posey,
Guy Reschenthaler, Denver Riggleman, Kathleen M. Rice, Mike D. Rogers, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Rutherford, Tim Ryan, Bradley Scott Schneider, Austin Scott, David Scott, John Shimkus, Elissa Slotkin, Adrian Smith, Christopher H. Smith, Ross Spano, Elise M.
Stefanik, Haley Stevens, Steve Stivers, W. Gregory Steube, Thomas R. Suozzi, Eric Swalwell, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Mike Thompson, Scott Tipton, Dina Titus, Mike Turner, Jeff Van Drew, Michael Waltz, Steve Watkins, Brad Wenstrup, Joe Wilson, John Yarmuth, Don
Young, Lee Zeldin

The Senate companion (S.743) has 76 Cosponsors and passed the Senate in December.

Supported by: Association of the United States Army and Special Forces Association

Dear Colleague,

The 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as “Merrill’s Marauders,” was a brave, all-volunteer unit that fought valiantly in the jungles of Burma during WWII and overcame great odds to successfully complete their mission. Please join us in
honoring these brave men by becoming a cosponsor of the ‘‘Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act.’’

In August 1943, President Roosevelt issued a call for volunteers for a dangerous long-range penetration mission into the jungles of Burma. This call was answered by approximately 3,000 brave men. The Marauders’ mission was to disrupt Japanese supply and
communication lines, and to take the town of Myitkyina in Burma and the Myitkyina airstrip, the only all-weather airstrip in Northern Burma. In February 1944, the Marauders started their 5 month, 1,000 mile trek toward Myitkyina. The Marauders had no artillery
support, carrying all they had on mules and their backs. The Marauders were only resupplied with the occasional airdrop.

During their trek, the Marauders fought victoriously against larger and better supplied Japanese forces through 5 major and 30 minor engagements. By August 1944, the Marauders accomplished their mission successfully. At the conclusion of the mission, only
130 out of the original 2,750 Marauders were fit for duty. All remaining Marauders still in action were evacuated to hospitals due to tropical diseases, exhaustion, and malnutrition. For their bravery and accomplishments, the Marauders were awarded the ‘‘Presidential
Unit Citation.’’ Each Marauder also earned a Bronze Star for his service.

If you would like to join us in honoring this outstanding unit by cosponsoring the ‘‘Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act,’’ please contact Ryan Woodward of Rep. Peter King’s staff at
Ryan.Woodward@mail.house.gov or Tristan Felchlin of Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.’s staff at
Tristan.Felchlin@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

              PETER T. KING                                                      SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR.

            Member of Congress                                                      Member of Congress

 

 

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