H. R. 550, Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.

Summary: To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Cosponsors

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/03/19.


STATUS: Introduced 1/15/19 by Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]. 

  • The bill passed the House via voice vote on 09/19/19).


  • “Throughout the Second World War, our armed forces relied on the Merchant Marine to ferry supplies, cargo and personnel into both theaters of operation, and they paid a heavy price in service to their country,” said Garamendi. “The Merchant Marine suffered the highest per capita casualty rate in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. An estimated 8,300 mariners lost their lives, and another 12,000 were wounded, to make sure our servicemembers could keep fighting. Yet, these Mariners who put their lives on the line were not even given veteran status until 1988.” (Source: Rep. Garamendi, Press Release, 1/15/19)
  • “The United States Merchant Marine was integral in providing the link between domestic production and the fighting forces overseas, providing combat equipment, fuel, food, commodities and raw materials to troops stationed abroad,” the bill reads. (Source: Connecting Vets)
  • H.R. 550, the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, would award one of the highest honors in the United States to the mariners who sustained American armed forces throughout the war. (Source: The Maritime Executive)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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