Senate Passes Bipartisan Duckworth-Hirono Bill to Honor Chinese-American WWII Veterans

Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal (Source: Smithsonian)
WASHINGTON, DC –(ENEWSPF)—September 14, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser

This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to recognize the tremendous contributions made by more than 13,000 Chinese-American World War II Veterans. The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act will authorize Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, to these dedicated Veterans, including the approximately 50 Chinese-American WWII Veterans who call Illinois home.

Senator Duckworth said, “Despite facing outright discrimination, more than 13,000 brave Chinese Americans volunteered to risk their lives to protect their fellow Americans during World War II. I’m proud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have chosen to recognize this brave group of Veterans’ unwavering commitment and honor them with a Congressional Gold Medal.”

Senator Hirono added, “During World War II, Chinese Americans served our country honorably while experiencing discrimination here at home. I thank my Senate colleagues for passing this legislation, which gets us one step closer to ensuring that these veterans receive this long-overdue recognition for their brave service.”

Since the American Revolution, Congress has issued gold medals to express its gratitude on behalf of the entire nation for distinguished achievements. The medal has been awarded to Veterans who served admirably in military conflicts as well as to civilians whose contributions have had a lasting impact on American history and culture.

You can learn more about the Congressional Gold Medal here.