BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump signing S.743, the Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act:

“It is never too late to honor valiant soldiers who fought to keep our nation free. The Merrill’s Marauders exemplify bravery and courage, and I applaud President Trump for signing our bill which gives them the recognition they deserve.”

S.743 directs Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as Merrill's Marauders, in recognition of their outstanding service in the jungles of Burma (Myanmar) during World War II. It was introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and referred to the Senate Banking Committee, where Senator Cramer has a seat.

Senator Cramer cosponsored the legislation in September of 2019. It passed through the Senate last December and through the House on September 22, 2020. Learn more here.