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Gianforte, Daines, Tester Lead Bipartisan Letter to Trump in Support of State Funeral for Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

May 12, 2020
Press Release
Montana delegation to President Trump: “it is time to pay a final salute to the millions of men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served our country”

U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines sent a bipartisan letter today calling on President Donald Trump to designate a state funeral in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, and to recognize millions of Americans for their service and sacrifice during the war.

“The ‘Greatest Generation’ represents the character and strength of Montana and the United States of America,” the delegation wrote. “For example, Montana’s very own Captain William W. Galt, U.S. Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor during WWII for gallantry, risking his life, while serving with the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. Unfortunately, Captain Galt, along with Montana’s other Medal of Honor recipients, have long since died – leaving just memories of their acts of heroism and opportunities to honor their service.”

They continued, “Mr. President, it is time to pay a final salute to the millions of men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served our country from 1941 to 1945. Holding this state funeral to honor those who served in World War II, and in particular the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient, gives our nation an opportunity to publically thank those who saved the world from Nazis, Fascism and Imperialism. That can never be erased.”

Read the Montana delegation’s full letter to President Trump HERE.