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House Passes Bills Honoring WWII Merchant Marine Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients

September 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation honoring veterans. One bill awards Merchant Marines who served in World War II with a Congressional Gold Medal—one of the nation’s highest awards authorized by Congress— and another the other establishes a commemorative coin for the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Winsor, New York. Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03), a co-sponsor of both bills, praised their passage.

“Merchant Marines have earned a reputation as the unsung heroes of WWII and it is well past time that we as a nation honor their service,” said Tipton. “I am pleased this legislation was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support to give well-deserved recognition to these brave men and women.”

The Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, H. R. 550, would bestow honors to nearly a quarter million mariners who served during WWII.

“Colorado’s Third Congressional District shares a special bond with military service, and the Purple Heart remains one of the most solemn awards given to veterans for their sacrifice to this country,” Tipton added. “The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is less than two miles from George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolutionary War and serves as an important and permanent memorial for all men and women wounded in battle since our nation’s founding.”

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act, H.R. 1830, would direct the U.S. Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Proceeds from the sale of the coins would go to the Hall of Honor to help support its mission of reminding Americans of the cost of freedom.