Rep. Black Introduces Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Army Rangers
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after introducing the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL):
"I am proud to honor the brave volunteers of the Ranger Battalions who fought in some of the most pivotal battles of World War II and trained at our own Camp Forrest in Tennessee. The service and sacrifices of America’s greatest generation helped make the United States the safest and most prosperous nation in the world. As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, it is one of the greatest privileges to recognize those who fought for our freedom. The Rangers greatly contributed to America's success; they are heroes and their stories inspire us. We must do all we can to honor and thank them for their extraordinary bravery."
The 5th Ranger Battalion was activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee on September 1, 1943, and served until deactivation following the Allied victory. The battalion participated in operations in Western Europe, including D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in June 1944, fighting along the beaches and later destroying German gun emplacements. They engaged in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe, seizing key terrain and fighting beside Allied forces.
H.R. 6263 would award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II in recognition of their extraordinary service.
Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.