From the American Maritime Partnership:
On Friday, March 13, 2020
“The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today joins President Donald J. Trump and congressional leaders in honoring the merchant mariners who served during the Second World War. AMP commends bill sponsors Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for bringing this legislation forward. Today, President Trump signed legislation authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal for American merchant mariners whose honorable deeds were critical to U.S. and Allied objectives and ultimate success in World War II.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress. The legislation passed the House and Senate without objection.”