H.J.Res.132 - Commending the veterans of service in the Army who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and for other purposes.105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 10/08/1998)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 10/08/1998 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.J. Res. 132 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. J. RES. 132 Commending the veterans of service in the Army who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 8, 1998 Mr. Smith of New Jersey introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ JOINT RESOLUTION Commending the veterans of service in the Army who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and for other purposes. Whereas the battle in the European theater of operations during World War II known as the Battle of the Bulge took place from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945; Whereas the Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944, with a major German counteroffensive which took Allied forces by surprise and was intended to split the Allied forces in Europe by breaking through the Allied lines, crippling the Allied fuel supply lines, and exacerbate tensions within the Allied alliance; Whereas 600,000 American troops participated in the Battle of the Bulge, overcoming numerous disadvantages in the early days of the battle that included fewer numbers, treacherous terrain, and bitter weather conditions; Whereas the Battle of the Bulge resulted in 81,000 American casualties, of whom 19,000 were killed, 33,400 were wounded, and 2,000 were either captured or listed as missing in action; Whereas the worst atrocity involving Americans in the European theater during World War II, known as the Malmedy Massacre, occurred when 86 unarmed American prisoners were gunned down by the German 1st SS Panzer Division on December 17, 1944; Whereas American forces overcame great odds throughout the battle, including most famously the action of the 101st Airborne Division in holding back German forces at the Belgian town of Bastogne, thereby preventing German forces from achieving their main objective of reaching Antwerp as well as the Meuse River line; and Whereas the American forces success in defeating the German attack resulted in the defeat of Nazi Germany four months later in April 1945: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress-- (1) commends the veterans of service in the Army who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II; (2) honors those who gave their lives during that battle; and (3) authorizes the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to honor the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. <all>