A World War II Special Forces unit will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., next month.
House Speaker John Boehner announced that the U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force, known as the “Devil’s Brigade,” will be honored Feb. 3 in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
The 1st Special Service Force was one of the most remarkable units in World War II. As an aside, they generally preferred the moniker The Braves.
We enjoyed the Cliff Robertson movie as much as the next guy, but the real story of 1SSF is so much more interesting, and deserves a fuller account than the movie could give.