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House Passes Gold Medal Bill for Filipino WWII Veterans

This week, the House approved a bill that would honor Filipino and Filipino-American veterans of World War II. 

Of the estimated 300,000 Filipino veterans of World War II, more than 57,000 would be killed in action during the four year battle to defend, then free, their homeland which was then sovereign U.S. territory.  Filipino veterans were also present at the Bataan Death March which resulted in the loss of between 6,000 to 10,000 Filipino’s alongside 700 members of the United States Armed Forces during the 70 mile march. 

The bill previously passed the Senate in July and now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

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