WHAT: Gold Medal Celebration Ceremony for Veteran Kenneth Miller
WHO: Welcome and Opening Remarks — Rick Beyer, President, Ghost Army Legacy Project.
- Remarks and Presentation by Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson
- Remarks and Presentation by Davies County Fiscal Court Commissioner Charlie Castlen
- Remarks and Presentation by State Rep. DJ Johnson, 13th District
- Remarks and Presentation by Jason Hasert, Field Representative, Sen. Rand Paul
- Remarks and Presentation by Gilbert Mischel, Field Representative, Sen. Mitch
Note: The public is welcome
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. EST
WHERE: Trinity Centre, 407 W. Fifth St., Owensboro, KY 42301
At Saturday’s ceremony, Miller will be presented with a copy of the bill that was passed by Congress and signed by the President earlier this year awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to The Ghost Army, along with a letter from President Biden. (The actual gold medal will be struck by the U.S. Mint at a later date). Rick Beyer, president of the Ghost Army Legacy Project, will offer remarks about the history of the Ghost Army and the campaign to secure the Congressional Gold Medal for its members.
Miller served in the radio deception arm of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as The Ghost Army. It was tasked with the unique mission to impersonate other Allied units to deceive and disrupt German military actions. Their tactical deception included the use of inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. The story of this unit was kept secret after the war and only became declassified in 1996.
“The Congressional Gold Medal award is a long-overdue recognition of the dangerous and heroic exploits of the Ghost Army, which is credited with saving thousands of lives during the war,” said Beyer.
For more information, seewww.ghostarmylegacyproject.org.
Rick Beyer, President
Ghost Army Legacy Project