Recognizing the WWII Rangers, Merchant Mariners
Between June 1942 and the end of WWII, the Army formed from volunteers 6 Ranger Infantry Battalions (numbered 1st-6th) and 1 provisional Ranger battalion (29th, from Army National Guardsmen of the 29th ID).
S.1757 just passed the Senate on a unanimous voice vote last week.
“This bill directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to arrange for the award of a single gold medal to the U.S. Army Ranger veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated wartime service.
Following its award, the gold medal shall be given to the Smithsonian Institution where it shall be available for display and research.”
It now heads to the House.
In related news,
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President signed into law:
H.R. 5671, the “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during the conflict.