Congressional Gold Medal awarded to William “Bill” Becker Dear Editor, Regarding the article on WWII vet Bill Becker, Page 1 of the Aug. 9 issue of The Valley Chronicle, “Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award,” I may not be the first to point out the captions under the photographs state, “U. S. Representative Raul Ruiz presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to William “Bill” Becker…” Mr. Becker received the Congressional Gold Medal, NOT the Medal of Honor. Further, the Medal of Honor is not referred to as the “Congressional” Medal of Honor, rather simply the “Medal of Honor”. Congress has nothing to do with it except authorizing it when it was
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