World War II ‘Ghost Army’ Honored – Video

( – In a historic moment eight decades after their remarkable contributions to World War II, the few surviving members of America’s “Ghost Army” were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Ghost Army members Bernard Bluestein, John Christman and Seymour Nussenbaum were present at the ceremony. They received both a standing ovation and the highest civilian accolade Congress can award after House Speaker Mike Johnson called them to the stage.

Watch the video below.

As Roll Call reported, the distinguished unit was originally composed of 1,000 soldiers but now has only seven living members. The news outlet also disclosed that the event attracted a large crowd, mainly consisting of veterans’ families and fellow servicemembers.

The “Ghost Army” encompassed the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and the 3133rd Signal Service Company and carried out over twenty deceptive operations throughout World War II. Their tactics were aimed at misleading German forces about the locations of Allied attacks and included the use of inflatable tanks, false radio transmissions, sound effects and even counterfeit generals.

These secretive operations were only made public in 1996 and have since captured widespread attention, especially following the 2013 release of “The Ghost Army” documentary.

Rick Beyer, director of the documentary and leader of the Ghost Army Legacy Project, reflected on the humble origins and incredible future recognition of these soldiers.

He emphasized that the soldiers, who performed under extreme conditions from Omaha Beach to the Gothic line in Italy, never saw themselves as heroes but simply as part of a mission to save lives and spare families the grief of loss.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also spoke at the ceremony and connected his personal history to the legacy of the Ghost Army.

He shared how his father served under General George Patton and survived the war, and highlighted the joined tales of survival and sacrifice. “How, as one Ghost Army veteran put it, ‘sparing one mother or one new bride the agony of putting a gold star in their front window’ was what his unit was all about,” McConnell added.

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