Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Service and Sacrifice of Filipino World War II
Veterans in Recognition of Earning Congressional Gold Medal
October 23, 2017, Washington DC – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-
02) today spoke on the House floor to pay tribute to the service
and sacrifice of over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American
soldiers who bravely served our country during World War II.
Earlier today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined Senator
Hirono and other Congressional leaders in presenting the
Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans in
a presentation ceremony in the U.S. Capitol.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

“Our country is forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of
the over 200,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers who
bravely served our country during World War II – heroes like
Sixto Tabay, the last living Filipino World War II veteran on the
island of Kauaʻi who I had the good fortune to meet with
recently. People like him fought bravely and sacrificed greatly,
and so many made the ultimate sacrifice alongside our
American troops in that war, yet their service for decades has
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard addresses attendees at
the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony.
gone unrecognized by our country.

“Because of legislation that we passed, today is a very special day. These warriors are finally receiving the recognition they
earned and deserve, joining the heroic ranks of the likes of the Tuskegee Airmen and Hawaii’s own 442nd/100th Infantry
Battalion as we honored them in the U.S. Capitol with the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress’s highest civilian honor.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman
Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressional leaders present the
Congressional Gold Medal
“To Major General Antonio Taguba, the Filipino
Veterans Recognition and Education Project, and all
of our World War II Filipino Veterans and their
families who worked so hard and were so patient in
making today a reality: Maraming salamat sa inyong
lahat.”

Background:
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. The law awarded the medal
collectively to the over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-
American soldiers who responded to President
Roosevelt’s call-to-duty and fought under the
American flag during World War II.