Golfer Jack Nicklaus, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Monuments Men whose story was depicted in the recent George Clooney movie would be among the latest recipients of
A number of the measures that passed Monday seek to pay tribute to World War II-era groups such as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before it's too late. For example, of the approximately 350 men -- and women -- of the Monuments Men who worked to return Nazi-looted artworks to their owners, only six survive.
"What started out as an untold story from World War II to now being recognized with Congress' highest honor has been a remarkable journey," said Rep.
Robert Edsel, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, welcomed the action before
An eclectic group has received the Congressional Gold Medal, including Wilbur and Orville Wright, Rosa Parks, the Rev.
Other groups that would receive the medal under the legislation approved by the House:
--The members of the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo." The Senate passed a companion bill last year. "The heroism of these Doolittle Raiders was a critical turning point in World War II,"’ said Rep.
--World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol. Sen.
--American Fighter Aces "in recognition of their heroic military service and defense of our country's freedom throughout the history of aviation warfare."
Nicklaus would be awarded the medal "in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy."
"While his golf game is the stuff legends are made of, his work to support sick children and their families, help underprivileged children, and provide opportunities for our nation's wounded warriors is what is truly remarkable," said Rep.