Ghost Army of WWII Awarded Congressional Gold Medal
Host Dale Throneberry and guest:
- Rick Beyer, author and filmmaker
Ghost Army of WWII - February 6, 2022
World War II Special Unit – Ghost Army
The existence of the Ghost Army was top secret for more than 50 years until it was declassified in 1996. That’s when the public first learned of the creative, daring techniques the Ghost Army employed to fool and distract the enemy about the strength and location of American troops, including the use of inflatable tanks, sound effects, radio trickery and impersonation.
The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops carried out more than 20 deception missions, often dangerously close to the front, in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. This “traveling road show of deception,” of only 1,100 troops appearing to be more than 20,000, are credited with saving an estimated 30,000 American lives. U.S. Army analyst Mark Kronman stated, “Rarely, if ever, has there been a group of such a few men which had so great an influence on the outcome of a major military campaign.” A sister unit the 3133rd Signal Company Special, carried out two deceptions in Italy in 1945.
The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’s utmost expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions. Dating back to the American Revolution, The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest distinction Congress can bestow.
There are just nine surviving Ghost Army veterans scattered throughout the U.S., including:
Bill Anderson, 97, Kent, Ohio
Bernie Bluestein, 98, Schaumberg, Illinois
John Christman, 97, Leesburg, New Jersey
George Dramis, 97, Raleigh, North Carolina
Manny Frockt, 97, West Palm Beach, Florida
Nick Leo, 99, Brentwood, New York
Mark Mallardi, 98, Edgewater, Florida
Bill Nall, 97, Dunellon, FloridaSeymour Nussenbaum, 98, Monroe Township, New Jersey
For More Information: www.ghostarmy.org
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