HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to honor Filipino soldiers who fought under U.S. command in World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal.
The House’s unanimous approval came Wednesday after the Senate passed the legislation this summer. The bill will now go before President Barack Obama to be signed.
Under the legislation, over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who responded to President Franklin Roosevelt’s call-to-duty will be awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The bill was sponsored by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Hawaii’s congressional leaders have been pushing for the measure to recognize the approximately 18,000 Filipino WWII veterans still alive in the U.S., as most of them are in their 90s.