Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina


Rep. Meadows Introduces Recognizing Mayaguez Veterans Act

Mar 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, in honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) joined Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in introducing the Recognizing Mayaguez Veterans Act—a bill that would extend the Vietnam Service Medal to veterans of the S.S. Mayaguez Incident.

While the S.S. Mayaguez Incident is often referred to as the “Last Battle of Vietnam,” veterans of this incident are currently ineligible to receive the Vietnam Service Medal. This bill would rectify the error and allow veterans of the incident—both living and deceased—to receive the medal in appropriate recognition for their sacrifice to our nation.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement:

“Today I’m honored to join my colleague, Rep. Gabbard, in introducing a bill that will play a small part in the significant responsibility we have to honor those who sacrificed themselves in the service of our country. The heroes of the S.S. Mayaguez Incident deserve to be appropriately recognized--including one of my own constituents, Captain Ric Hunter, who served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and was awarded an Air Medal for his efforts as a pilot in the SS Mayaguez rescue operation. I thank my colleague Rep. Gabbard for her efforts in this initiative—and for her faithful service to our nation’s military.”