Text: H.R.1209 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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        H.R.1209

                     One Hundred Thirteenth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Friday,
           the third day of January, two thousand and fourteen


                                 An Act


 
 To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the 
``Doolittle Tokyo Raiders'', for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and 
    service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
    Congress finds that--
        (1) on April 18, 1942, the brave men of the 17th Bombardment 
    Group (Medium) became known as the ``Doolittle Tokyo Raiders'' for 
    outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States 
    in conducting the bombings of Tokyo;
        (2) 80 brave American aircraft crewmen, led by Lieutenant 
    Colonel James Doolittle, volunteered for an ``extremely hazardous 
    mission'', without knowing the target, location, or assignment, and 
    willingly put their lives in harm's way, risking death, capture, 
    and torture;
        (3) the conduct of medium bomber operations from a Navy 
    aircraft carrier under combat conditions had never before been 
    attempted;
        (4) after the discovery of the USS Hornet by Japanese picket 
    ships 170 miles further away from the prearranged launch point, the 
    Doolittle Tokyo Raiders proceeded to take off 670 miles from the 
    coast of Japan;
        (5) by launching more than 100 miles beyond the distance 
    considered to be minimally safe for the mission, the Doolittle 
    Tokyo Raiders deliberately accepted the risk that the B-25s might 
    not have enough fuel to reach the designated air-fields in China on 
    return;
        (6) the additional launch distance greatly increased the risk 
    of crash landing in Japanese occupied China, exposing the crews to 
    higher probability of death, injury, or capture;
        (7) because of that deliberate choice, after bombing their 
    targets in Japan, low on fuel and in setting night and 
    deteriorating weather, none of the 16 airplanes reached the 
    prearranged Chinese airfields;
        (8) of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who launched on the raid, 
    8 were captured, 2 died in the crash, and 70 returned to the United 
    States;
        (9) of the 8 captured Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, 3 were executed 
    and 1 died of disease; and
        (10) there were only 5 surviving members of the Doolittle Tokyo 
    Raiders as of February 2013.
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
    (a) Award.--
        (1) Authorized.--The President pro tempore of the Senate and 
    the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall make appropriate 
    arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold 
    medal of appropriate design in honor of the World War II members of 
    the 17th Bombardment Group (Medium) who became known as the 
    ``Doolittle Tokyo Raiders'', in recognition of their military 
    service during World War II.
        (2) Design and striking.--For the purposes of the award 
    referred to in paragraph (1), the Secretary of the Treasury shall 
    strike the gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and 
    inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
        (3) National museum of the united states air force.--
            (A) In general.--Following the award of the gold medal 
        referred to in paragraph (1) in honor of the World War II 
        members of the 17th Bombardment Group (Medium), who became 
        known as the ``Doolittle Tokyo Raiders'', the gold medal shall 
        be given to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, 
        where it shall be available for display with the Doolittle 
        Tokyo Raiders Goblets, as appropriate, and made available for 
        research.
            (B) Sense of congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
        the National Museum of the United States Air Force should make 
        the gold medal received under this Act available for display 
        elsewhere, particularly at other locations and events 
        associated with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
    (b) Duplicate Medals.--Under such regulations as the Secretary may 
prescribe, the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of 
the gold medal struck under this Act, at a price sufficient to cover 
the costs of the medals, including labor, materials, dies, use of 
machinery, and overhead expenses.
    (c) National Medals.--Medals struck pursuant to this Act are 
national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States 
Code.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.