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The Ghost Army

World War II's Artists of Deception

Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medal
As of May 2017, bipartisan legislation has been re-introduced in both the House and the Senate to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me) and Sen. Angus King (D-ME) have introduced S 1256, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act. Seven other Senators have already co-sponsored the bill. On the House side, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced companion legislation, HR 2701 the Congressional Gold Medal Act in the House. Eight other representatives from both parties have co-sponsored the bill. The legislation encompasses both the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, and the 3133 Signal Company Special, which practiced sonic deception in Italy.


“Our nation will always be grateful to the members of the ‘Ghost Army’ soldiers who served with distinction during World War II. “Their courage and resourcefulness were pivotal in the European theater, helping to secure the Allied victory and likely saving many American lives." -Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

“These brave soldiers brought unique, creative skills to the most dangerous and critical missions.They epitomized the American can-do, innovative spirit."
-Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

"I’m honored to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues to introduce this legislation recognizing those who served in the top-secret ‘Ghost Army’ during World War II."
-Sen. Angus King, (D-ME)

“It’s an honor to sponsor this bipartisan legislation to honor the unsung heroes of the Ghost Army whose innovative tactics sowed confusion among enemy forces during World War 2.- Representative Annie Kuster, (D-NH)

“I commend Rep. Kuster for introducing this legislation which honors the critical role of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (“Ghost Army”) during World War II. Their heroics were unknown for more than 40 years and it is finally time that the American people not only learn about but recognize their ingenuity and selflessness which saved countless American and Allied lives. They deserve their due.” - Representative Peter King, (R-NY)

Fewer than 40 of the citizen-soldiers who served in this unit are left. Seventy years after the war’s end it is time to recognize the incredible and largely overlooked accomplishments of this select group of soldiers. In recent years the Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to other under-recognized WWII units including The Doolittle Raiders (2015) The Monuments Men (2013), Women Air Service Pilots (2010) and the Native American Code talkers (2008). The dangerous, life-saving, top-secret work of The Ghost Army is well deserving of similar recognition.

Helen Patton, grand-daughter of famed WWII General George S. Patton Jr, has wholeheartedly thrown her support behind the effort, pointing to the numerous operations the Ghost Army conducted on Patton's behalf. She writes: ""The Ghost Army will live in our hearts and minds forever. May Congress pass this legislation and honor these heroes at last while the remaining handful are still with us. For to quotePatton himself, it is time to 'Give credit where credit is due.'"

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What can you do?

All Congressional Gold Medal legislation must be sponsored by two-thirds of the House and Senate before it can be considered. So we need co-sponsors. Here's what to do:

• Find the Contact Info for your Senators and Representative
• Call the office and ask them to co-sponsor the legislatioan.
• Copy one of the sample letters below and paste it into an email.
• Add your own comments if you wish.
• Send it to your Senator or Representative.
• If you receive a reply of any sort, please forward it to rick@ghostarmy.org so we can follow up with them. Thank you so much!


The men of the Ghost Army were not textbook soldiers or heroes, yet they served with ingenuity, courage and honor, using creativity and illusion to save lives. It is time to honor them while some of them are still left.

Sample Email

House of Representatives

Dear Representative (Name)

As a constituent, I am writing to request that you co-sponsor H.R. 2701, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), would provide long-overdue recognition to a group of veterans who played a courageous and crucial role in securing Allied victory in World War II. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the Senate.

On the battlefields of Europe in 1944-45, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the “Ghost Army,” risked their lives to draw fire away from American troops. They had no heavy weapons, but employed ingenious tactical deceptions to fool the enemy. Recruited from art schools, ad agencies, and elsewhere, they used inflatable decoy tanks and artillery, fake radio transmissions and sound effects to conceal Allied troop movements from the Germans.The 3133 Signal Company engaged in sonic deception operations in Italy.

The Ghost Army’s activities were classified until recently, meaning that their heroic actions went largely unrecognized. H.R. 2701 would collectively award them a Congressional Gold Medal in celebration of their bravery and creativity, as well as their contributions to the Allied victory.

For more information, you can visit www.ghostarmy.org. Ten representatives in both parties have already co-sponsored this bill. Won't you join them? We need 290 House co-sponsors before it can be taken up in committee.

Thank you for your consideration,

(Your name)

Senate

Dear Senator (Name),

As a constituent, I am writing to request that you co-sponsor S.1256, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Senator Susan collins (R-ME) would provide long-overdue recognition to a group of veterans who played a courageous and crucial role in securing Allied victory in World War II. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House.

On the battlefields of Europe in 1944-45, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the “Ghost Army,” risked their lives to draw fire away from American troops. They had no heavy weapons, but employed ingenious tactical deceptions to fool the enemy. Recruited from art schools, ad agencies, and elsewhere, they used inflatable decoy tanks and artillery, fake radio transmissions and sound effects to conceal Allied troop movements from the Germans.

The 3133 Signal Company engaged in sonic deception operations in Italy.

The Ghost Army’s activities were classified until recently, meaning that their heroic actions went largely unrecognized. S 1256 would collectively award them a Congressional Gold Medal in celebration of their bravery and creativity, as well as their contributions to the Allied victory.

For more information, you can visit www.ghostarmy.org. Ten senators in both parties have already co-sponsored this bill. Won't you join them? We need 66 Senate co-sponsors before it can be taken up in committee.

Thank you for your consideration,

(Your name)

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