This bill would direct the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops for their service during World War II.
The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were collectively known as the “Ghost Army” and were a tactical deception unit, meaning that they attempted to trick the enemy into believing that more robust American forces were active in areas that the Ghost Army operated in.
In this legislation, Congress encourages the Smithsonian Institution to make the medal available for public display at appropriate locations associated with the Ghost Army — with preference given to sites affiliated with the Smithsonian.
The Dept. of the Treasury would be authorized to mint and sell bronze duplicates of the Ghost Army’s Congressional Gold Medal that could be sold at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medal.