House passes bill to give Congressional Gold Medal to 13 US service members killed in Afghanistan

| October 27, 2021

2010 Congressional Gold Medal to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team for their WWII service

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of two of the United States’ highest civilian honors, considered the Congressional equivalent of a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only 173 institutions, people, or events have been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. Recipients include such American heroes as the predominately Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team (pictured), which was the most decorated American infantry unit of World War II, Charles Lindbergh, and the crew of Apollo 11. The first recipient was General Washington himself in 1776 for the Liberation of Boston during the Revolutionary War.

If the US House gets its way, the latest recipients would be the 13 American servicemembers who perished in the suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport during Biden’s abysmally botched Afghanistan pullout.

ABC News reports;

 After 13 U.S. troops were killed in an August bomb blast outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul in August, the House passed a bill Monday evening to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to them.

Eleven Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier died from the blast set off by a suicide bomber near the airport on Aug. 26. Several Afghans and 18 U.S. service members were also injured.

“The American servicemembers went above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens of the United States and our allies to ensure they are brought to safety in an extremely dangerous situation as the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan,” the legislation says.

The medal is Congress’ highest expression of national appreciation and is the highest civilian award in the United States.

The honor has been bestowed fewer than 200 times. Some recipients include mathematician Katherine Johnson, The Little Rock Nine and Holocasut survivor Elie Wiesel.

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., sponsored the bill in August to “make sure we honor these servicemembers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

“Their sacrifice for our country and its allies will never be forgotten and I’m encouraged by the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation, which has 325 cosponsors. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill so we can properly honor these fallen servicemembers,” she told ABC News.

The unanimous vote was a rare bipartisan triumph. Now that the bill has cleared the House, it will head to the Senate.

Once the bill is signed into law, the medal will be handed over to the Smithsonian Institution and displayed there.

The names of the troops are: Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Sgt. Nicole Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan Page, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Cpl. David Lee Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Hospitalman Maxton Soviak and Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

Category: Afghanistan, We Remember

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  1. Sapper3307 says:

    The the survivors of the same blast are only getting a Purple heart.
    The #HouseDrinker wants a photo op.

  2. Graybeard says:

    I’m sure their families will be fully consoled by this.
    /s

  3. Roh-Dog says:

    Out of reverence nothing to add but:

    God bless the Fallen.

  4. Buckeye Jim says:

    This is just another example of politicians trying to make themselves feel better about themselves after screwing things up while someone else pays the price. Like a draft dodger who “thanks me for my service”. Now, get off my lawn.

  5. KoB says:

    Ditto all of the above. Is this what some call “virtue signaling”? I repeat Roh-Dog’s sentiment; “God Bless the Fallen”.

    Congress? They can kiss my…

  6. SFC D says:

    No amount of gold can ever remove the bloodstains from Joe Biden’s hands.

  7. Hatchet says:

    A disgraceful and gutless attempt by politicians to appease the conscious they don’t have(and apparently, never did). Shameful. Ht to Roh – God bless the Fallen. Doom on Congress.

  8. ChipNASA says:

    Well now, that will make it all better. (sarc)
    OK, I’ll say is since you guys are all bashful.
    Fuck CONGRESS, every single one of these except some of the new folks that haven’t been infected and tarnished yet.

  9. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    They can take those coins and stick them up their asses.