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Medal of Honor recipients might get their own national museum

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Nearly five decades after helping rescue dozens American soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Michigan received the Medal of Honor. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. so
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Nearly five decades after helping rescue dozens American soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Michigan received the Medal of Honor. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. so

A museum being built in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, to showcase the nation’s highest military honor should officially be designated the National Medal of Honor Museum, South Carolina Republicans in Congress say.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., introduced a bill to formally make the museum in Patriots Point, on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor, the national destination for Americans wanting to learn more about Medal of Honor recipients.

They deserve to have their stories told in a dedicated museum where all Americans can pay tribute to their sacrifice and learn of their heroism.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

“Recipients of the Medal of Honor showed courage, bravery and selflessness when defending our country,” Wilson said Wednesday. “They deserve to have their stories told in a dedicated museum where all Americans can pay tribute to their sacrifice and learn of their heroism.”

The bill was co-sponsored by fellow South Carolina Republican Reps. Mark Sanford, Trey Gowdy and Jeff Duncan.

According to plans, the 107,000-square-foot museum will include a 240-seat auditorium, a 140-seat chapel and event spaces. The National Medal of Honor Foundation is still raising funds for the $98 million building, which could be completed in 2018.

The bill points out that as of this month, there are only 77 living Medal of Honor recipients. Their average age is 71, making the museum’s mission of preserving their stories more urgent, Wilson’s bill says.

Vera Bergengruen: 202-383-6036, @verambergen

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