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Monday, March 21, 2016

Congressional Gold Medal Sought for WWII Ghost Army that Duped Nazis

The American GIs who used inflatable tanks and sound effects to dupe the Nazis during World War II could be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Two lawmakers say the Ghost Army's battlefield exploits in the months after D-Day deserve recognition at long last.

"It is finally time that the American people recognize their ingenuity and selflessness which saved countless American and Allied lives," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said. "They deserve their due."

King and Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) are sponsoring the "The Ghost Army Gold Medal Act" and the bill has already picked up 30 co-sponsors, The Washington Times reported Saturday.

A companion bill will be introduced soon in the Senate.



Anonymous said...

The Ghost Army was commanded by George Patton and took place on the shores of Great Brittan. Patton eventually took the Third Army into France in the second wave behind Omar Bradley. Patton was the cleanup guy and liberated the 101st airborne division in Bastone, known as The Battle of the Bulge.

Anonymous said...

These guys saved our Allied Forces bacon prior to and after the Normandy landings.

Anonymous said...

it throw Germans off and draw their defenses to east while west side is weaken for landing of D-day plans for breach front take over.

Anonymous said...

The Ghost Army was called "Operation Fortitude" which deceived the Germans in thinking the invasion would take place at Pas de Calais, where the English Channel is most narrow. FYI Pas de Calais is in southern Norway. JCR Delmar Md.