November 19, 2021

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage Of Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal To 13 Servicemembers Killed In Afghanistan

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the unanimous Senate passage of his legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 servicemembers killed in Afghanistan.

“This week the Senate unanimously passed legislation to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 servicemembers who perished in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021 during the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Each of those servicemembers paid the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of our great nation and the ideals we hold dear. They went above and beyond the call of duty to remain outside the wall of the airport to continue the evacuation even after reports of an active threat. We must also ensure that patriots like those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the 2012 attack in Benghazi receive the recognition and honor owed to them, their families and loved ones. I am a proud cosponsor of the legislation to collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith. This recognition is long overdue and it the very least we can do to honor and remember their selfless sacrifice.”