Congressional Gold Medal Campaign

We received some fantastic news on Veteran’s Day 2017 regarding our ongoing efforts for WW II Merrill’s Marauders to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. That news means your support is now desperately needed for us to push forward the Congressional Gold Medal legislation — please read below.On Nov. 9, 2017, Republican Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia introduced a bill, S. 2114, in the Senate seeking to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Merrill’s Marauders. Isakson’s bill is a companion bill to H.R. 667 reintroduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year by Republican Senator Peter King from New York. Both bills have bipartisan support. Links to both the Senate and House bill are below:

Text – H.R.667 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
click on or copy and paste the following link:
https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-congre…/house-bill/667/text

S.2114 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional),
click on or copy and paste the following link:
https://www.congress.gov/bi…/115th-congress/senate-bill/2114

Two-thirds support from both members of the House of Representatives and the Senate is required for Merrill’s Marauders to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. This is a huge undertaking, and that’s where you come in. Directly below are two quick and easy to use links that provide necessary contact information for your congressional delegates in the House and Senate.

Find Your Representative · House.gov
click on or copy and paste the following link: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress
click on or copy and paste the following link:
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm…

Last Veteran’s Day, there were 28 original Merrill’s Marauders still living. This Veteran’s Day, there are only 18, and even though they’re all in their 90s, they are “hard at work” sending in their letters. So we’re asking all of you – who are much younger — to please, take a few minutes and help us. Please share the illustrated letter with friends and on social media. Some teachers are currently having their students send in the letter as a class project.

Thank you to ALL who are helping in this effort!!

Click here for the letter you should send to your Senators and Representatives. All it requires is their name in the salutation and your signature.

 

Senator Isakson’s Press Release

(posted 11.29.17)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Isakson, 202-224-7777
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Markey, 202-224-2742
Isakson, Markey Introduce Legislation to Honor WWII Special Forces
Would award Congressional Gold Medal to Merrill’s Marauders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., recently introduced the bipartisan Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act, S.2114, to recognize the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for their heroic service during World War II.

On Sept. 18, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for an American Long Range Penetration Special Operations Jungle Warfare Unit. Nearly 3,000 soldiers serving stateside and around the world volunteered as special operations soldiers. Named “Merrill’s Marauders” after the unit’s first commander, Brigadier General Frank Merrill, the unit fought Japanese forces deep in the mountains and forests of Burma during World War II to secure victory for the United States in Southeast Asia.

“Merrill’s Marauders were some of the greatest members of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and I am proud to offer this legislation to honor their bravery and sacrifice,” said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “These fearless warriors fought some of the most intense battles under harrowing conditions, and I am thankful that the legacy of their unit lives on today with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., and other installations Army-wide.”

“Brigadier General Frank Merrill was proof that Massachusetts isn’t just the Bay State, we are the Brave State,” said U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. “Merrill’s Marauders embodied the Greatest Generation in their courage and sacrifice. They served our nation at the most historic of moments, and I am proud to join Senator Isakson in legislation to honor them with the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

The 75th Ranger Regiment, which is headquartered at Fort Benning, Ga., traces its history to Merrill’s Marauders. The 75th Ranger Regiment, better known as “Army Rangers,” is a special operations force, specializing in direct action, airfield seizure, and special reconnaissance operations. The regiment falls under the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The 1st Ranger Battalion is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., the 2nd Ranger Battalion is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., and the 3rd Ranger Battalion is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. Additionally, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, which conducts Mountain Phase of Ranger School, is located at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga.

In addition to Markey, the Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act was cosponsored by Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Al Franken, D-Minn., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, John Kennedy, R-La., and Mike Rounds, R-S.

Additional background on Merrill’s Marauders:
After months of training in the Himalayan Mountains, Merrill’s Marauders began combat operations in Feb. 1944, and in just over five months, marched more than 1,000 miles, participated in five major battles and fought the Japanese army 32 times. At the time the unit was relieved from duty, there were only 130 original members left who were fit to fight, and only two had not been seriously injured or grievously ill throughout the campaign. The unit received the Presidential Unit Citation, and every member of Merrill’s Marauders received the Bronze Star.

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Marie Hodge Gordon
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OFFICE OF UNITED STATES SENATOR JOHNNY ISAKSON
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