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Legislation seeks federal funding of Merchant Mariners bronze medals

The U.S. Merchant Marine pursued perilous missions during World War II delivering much-needed supplies to combat zones.

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Legislation seeking funds to finance production and distribution of bronze duplicates of the Merchant Mariners of World War II congressional gold medal was introduced Jan. 4 in the House by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.

H.R. 104 supplements the Garamendi-sponsored Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020, Public Law 116-125, that was signed into law by President Trump on March 13, 2020.

H.R. 104 seeks to direct certain appropriated funds to be used to purchase 3-inch bronze duplicates of the gold medal from the U.S. Mint to be distributed to eligible personnel who served between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946.

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