Wednesday, December 19, 2012

British to Receive Medal for Arctic Convoys

Our British brothers-in-arms will at long last receive a medal to recognize their dangerous and very
hazardous missions during WWII.

A medal, the Arctic Convoy Star will be issued to veterans of the Arctic convoys that brought much
needed supplies to Russia, besieged and starving during World War II.

Our brothers have fought for decades for a campaign medal for the convoys which braved icy weather,
rough seas and attacks by German U-boats, ships and planes.

More than 3,000 British and American sailors perished during the dangerous journeys for Britain
to the northwestern coast of Russia between 1941 and 1945.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that the new medal the Arctic Convoy
Star would give veterans "the recognition they so richly deserve for the very dangerous
work they did."

Cameron also announced a special Royal Air Force clasp for the crews of the Bomber Command,
whose veterans have long complained of unequal treatment to members of the Fighter Command.

Our congratulations and well wishes to our British friends in the culmination of their long struggle
for recognition. May they wear their new medal with pride and distinction. This is well deserved
and a long time in coming to fruition.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996