FAQs: Filipino WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal
During World War II, more than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers answered the call of duty and bravely served and sacrificed under the American flag.
These loyal and courageous soldiers fought bravely and sacrificed greatly, with many making the ultimate sacrifice alongside their American counterparts, yet their service was left unrecognized in the United States for decades.
Congresswoman Gabbard and Senator Hirono’s law, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Public Law 114-265), unanimously passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016.
On October 25, 2017, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, and other Congressional leaders presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans. The presentation ceremony was the culmination of Congresswoman Gabbard and Senator Hirono’s years-long effort to recognize Filipino World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.
Eligibility for the Congressional Gold Medal "Filipino Veterans of World War II" to include an individual who served:
- Honorably at any time from July 26, 1941, to December 31, 1946;
- In an active-duty status under the command of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East; and
- Within the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Philippine Scouts, the Philippine Constabulary, Recognized Guerrilla Units, the New Philippine Scouts, the First Filipino Infantry Regiment, the Second Filipino Infantry Battalion (Separate), or the First Reconnaissance Battalion; or
- Commanding or serving in such a unit as a U.S. military officer or enlisted soldier.