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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Ghost Army: Secret WWII tactical unit to receive Congressional Gold Medal | Fox News

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President Biden signed into law the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act on Feb. 1st, which awards the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the ‘Ghost Army,’ in recognition of their unique and highly distinguished service in conducting deception operations in Europe during World War II.

The Ghost Army consisted of 82 officers and 1,023 men who were under the command of Army veteran Col. Harry L. Reeder. The unit was created by Col. Billy Harris and Maj. Ralph Ingersoll, both American military planners, who put together a curated group of artists, engineers, professional soldiers, and draftees, including famed artists such as fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, and photographer Art Kane, according to the National World War II Museum website.

“It was like a traveling road show that went up and down the front lines impersonating the real fighting outfits”. Once the war was over, members of the Ghost Army were sworn to secrecy and records were kept classified up until the mid-1990s. In 2016, two lawmakers said the Ghost Army’s battlefield exploits in the months after D-Day deserved recognition and introduced The Ghost Army Gold Medal Act.

Source: https://www.fox5dc.com/news/ghost-army-secret-wwii-tactical-unit-to-receive-congressional-gold-medal

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