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US Rep. Tsongas wants to honor aircrew who evaded capture

February 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas wants to award the Congressional Gold Medal to an organization created by aircrew members who evaded capture by enemy forces during foreign wars.

The Massachusetts Democrat said the U.S. Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society, founded in 1964, also recognizes resistance organizations and foreign nationals who put their lives on the line to help hide U.S. troops.

The group has more than 600 members, including veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Tsongas said while each aircrew member’s story is different they have a common thread — evading or escaping captivity with the help of those living in an occupied country.

Tsongas said there are six Massachusetts members of the group.

Congressional Gold Medals are intended to express the nation’s highest appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.

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