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What is HR 1553?

A Bill that awards a Congressional Gold Medal to all US nationals who volunteered to join the Canadian and British armed forces and their entities during World War II, in recognition of their dedicated service.


Who Fights for Freedom?

Watch the James Tallimar video created for the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, VA to commemorate Virginians who joined the fight for freedom before the US entered the war.

Watch the James Tallimar video

Virginia was the first state in the Nation to recognize the RCAF Americans with the addition to their memorial in Richmond and with this video.


To read the full text of the Bill and to follow progress of the Bill as it passes through the House of Representatives, follow the link below

Text of the Bill


Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), the sponsor of the Bill, sent the following letter to his congressional colleagues asking for their support:


Honor American Patriots of WWII with a Congressional Gold Medal!

Endorsed by the National World War II Museum, Air Force Association, American Fighter Aces Association, Aircrew Remembered, Jews in Aviation, VFW Post 662, Ernie Hall Aviation Museum, Bomber Command Museum of Canada, No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, 20th Century Aviation Magazine, Hickory Aviation Museum, and Florida Aviation Historical Society

Dear Colleague:

I write today to invite you to become a co-sponsor 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 38 Medal of Honor recipients and LTC John C. Morgan, the only person to become a Prisoner of War after being awarded the Medal of Honor.  Other distinguished patriots include: 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLwX-d0gMzM&feature=youtu.be, http://www.support-hr1553.org and http://www.aircrewremembered.com/congressional-gold-medal.html

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 Valerie Broznak, valerie.broznak@mail.house.gov, (202) 225-5261.

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan


List of Endorsing Organizations

Air Force Association Air Force Association

American Fighter Aces AssociationAmerican Fighter Aces Association

NWW2M logo The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Commemorative Air Force Commemorative Air Force

Bomber Command Museum of Canada Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Florida Aviation Historical Society Florida Aviation Historical Society

Jews in Aviation Jews in Aviation

HICKORY AVIATION MUSEUM Hickory Aviation Museum

Aircrew Remebered Aircrew Remembered

BFTS MuseumNo. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, Terrell, TX

Ernie Hall Aviation MuseumErnie Hall Aviation Museum

NACVSONational Association of County Veterans Service Officers

Kwajalein MIA Project Kwajalein MIA Project

American War Memorials Overseas, IncAmerican War Memorials Overseas, Inc.

 


Endorsement Letters

NWW2Museum endorsement

CAF Letter