WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), yesterday joined a bipartisan group of ten Senators in introducing S. 1256, legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23d Special Headquarters Troops and the 3133rd Signal Service Company, U.S. Army units that served during World War II also known as “Ghost Army”. These units were instrumental to Allied successes at the Battle of the Bulge and the final battles in Italy’s Po Valley. The top-secret unit remained classified for over four decades.
“Not only were these troops critical in key allied victories in World War II, but these units put themselves at great risk by impersonating the enemy,” Inhofe said. “Through captured German officers and extensive documentation, we know that the Germans were completely convinced of their impersonations, giving the allies a key tactical advantage that was instrumental to winning the war. They are incredibly deserving of the Congressional Gold Medal.”
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the legislation. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) joined Inhofe in co-sponsoring the bill.
Rep. Ann McClane (N.H.-02) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.