On March 13, 2020, President Trump signed into law H.R. 5671, the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020. This law makes a number of “Findings” that recognized the contributions of our merchant mariners to the winning of World War II. This legislation requires the Secretary of the Treasury to “strike” a Gold Medal that includes suitable emblem and inscriptions. This typically takes 6-9 months. Then the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate will award the medal on behalf of Congress to the American Merchant Marine Museum for appropriate display at locations around the United States. Duplicate medals (in Bronze) will also be struck and available for purchase for $40. IPCUS is working with other maritime organizations to see if medals can be purchased for these veterans and to determine if our Clubs can present these medals to the merchant marine veterans of WWII in their area.
Congressional Medal for Merchant Mariners of World War II