World War II Heroes Wait in Limbo to be Bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress Stalls

General William J. Donovan, OSS founder, reviews Operational Group members in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo: Public Domain)

General William J. Donovan, OSS founder, reviews Operational Group members in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo: Public Domain)

October 20, 2016

By Lorra B.

Though it has bipartisan support, Congress has failed to pass a bill that would honor members of an organization originated during World War II that essentially birthed the Central Intelligence Agency as well as other pivotal elite units of the U.S. Military.

The bill was introduced last year by Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio.

There are few veterans left alive from the Office of Strategic Services, A World War II intelligence agency, to accept the Congressional Gold Medal, many are in their 80’s and 90’s and may not live long enough to get through the red tape if Congress does not keep stalling.

The hold-up seems to be due to a new congressional rule stating that the Medal is intended for an individual and cannot be given to a group or an organization, though a ‘companion bill’ was passed in the Senate unanimously, according to Checkpoint. Latta has asked for a waiver but the House has yet to grant one or explain why.

“Before the most recent session of Congress, groups of World War II veterans such as the Tuskegee Airmen — the famed group of African American aviators who fought in the skies over Europe — have received the medal, and earlier this year the rule was waived so the medal could be awarded to civil rights activists who led the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Ala. Yet for the aging members of the OSS, a waiver has remained elusive, with the House’s Republican leadership largely silent on why that has been the case.”

House Financial Committee Chairmen Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) stated that he “looks forward to voting in favor of the bill.” He also stated that this debacle is not of his doing and that the waiver, or suspension of the rules, must first be proposed by Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House Majority Leader. The bill would then be sent to the floor to be voted on.

Latta stated, “The OSS played a central role in creating America’s intelligence and special operations communities as we know them today. I introduced this legislation to call upon Congress to collectively recognize these brave men and women for their efforts, and honor them for their extraordinary service on behalf of this great nation.”

Charles Pinck, president of the OSS Society, isn’t buying any of it and accused Hensarling of stalling.

“It is unbelievable that Hensarling would oppose this patriotic bill honoring some of the greatest heroes of the ‘greatest generation,’” Pinck stated and indicated that the hold-up was being done on purpose.

Pinck said, “They play these games so that they don’t actually have to say no. “Somebody is stopping this bill. It’s not just happening because of nature. The question is who’s stopping it, and our understanding is that it’s Hensarling.”

The Office of Strategic Services Society, who represents OSS veterans, released a statement on Monday. If the 114th Congress adjourns before the bill is passed it “will die and some of the greatest heroes of the “Greatest Generation” will never be honored for their service.”

In the statement Pinck went on to say, “General Donovan said OSS personnel, who were drawn from every branch of the military, performed ‘some of the bravest acts of the war.’ Their bravery deserves to be recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal.”

OSS started in 1942 and their operations took them all over the world gathering intelligence, training resistance fighters and even infiltrating Nazi Germany.

You may know the OSS as they are today, Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Thank you for your service and sacrifices Brave Heroes. You deserve to be honored…

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By Lorra B.

18 thoughts on “World War II Heroes Wait in Limbo to be Bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress Stalls

  1. Congress should award these deserving veterans this medal which they so richly deserve. In my humble opinion, it should be done, in a secret manner. Their names should not be revealed. Covert operations must remain as such. Covert. My take on this.

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  2. The book “Area 51” by Anne Jacobson has disclosed an element within the CIA that is not controlled by the Government.

    This element is a Rouge Element that does things that the “Need to Know” is the entry level to get read in on their operations.

    It is not clear just who makes the determination of who makes the decision about “need to know” is met so someone can learn what is happening? The concept of oversight and regulation is embedded here and then cast aside to retain secrecy.

    This Secret Outfit within the government has caused many problems with their behavior in the past. The Benefits of this group are difficult to evaluate because no one has the need to know.

    This description is IMO the reason for keeping the activities of this Rouge Outfit secret.

    xoxo J.C.

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  3. It has taken so long because of the anti-military movement of Hanoi Jane (Jane Fonda) and kept alive by liberals, however, to add to that this administration has allowed the Anti-military recognition of any sort of the Muslim community to carry forward, including the encouraging of the anti-Pledge and Anthem rebellion, … which fits into his anti-American agenda, and is not a hard sell to our RINO establishment politicians. Further, in the face of Obama and Killary, THIS is not what America is about.

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  4. Reblogged this on Bob's Opinion and commented:
    When is out government going to get past the Hanoi Jane (Jane Fonda) objection to war? it seemed to put a policy on not giving a flip about our troops and Veterans and it is far more than disgusting. and most definitely not what Americans are about.

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  5. That is mysterious as to why it hasn’t passed. Whatever the reason, it’s plain shameful. By the way, I know they’re honorable men and won’t do this, but I wish the Marines would stop guarding these people. Let them deal with life like we have to. Bet a LOT of things would change (for the better). 😉

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