IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013
Mrs. Boxer (for herself, Mr. Nelson, and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
This Act may be cited as the
Distinguished Flying Cross National
Designation of Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial in Riverside, California
Congress finds the following:
The Distinguished Flying Cross, which was created by Congress in 1926, is the oldest military award in the United States for achievements in aviation.
The most reliable statistics regarding the number of members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross indicate that 126,318 members of the Armed Forces received the medal during World War II, approximately 21,000 members received the medal during the Korean conflict, and 21,647 members received the medal during the Vietnam War.
Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 203 Armed Forces members have received the medal in times of conflict.
Since the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, burned down in 1973, many more recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross may be undocumented.
Currently, the Department of Defense continues to locate and identify members of the Armed Forces whose award of the medal has not been documented.
The United States currently lacks a national memorial dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of those members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by heroic deeds performed in aerial flight.
An appropriate memorial to current and former members of the Armed Forces has been constructed at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
The Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial would honor all those members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves in aerial flight, whether documentation of such members who earned the Distinguished Flying Cross exists or not.
The memorial to members of the Armed Forces
who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at March Field Air Museum
in Riverside, California, is designated as the
Cross National Memorial.
Effect of designation
The national memorial designated by this section is not a unit of the National Park System, and the designation of the national memorial shall not be construed to require or permit Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the national memorial.