Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo honors Wake Island vets

Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 00:29:21-04

The heroism of civilians pushed into World War II -- and the Idahoans who have remembered them –- were honored Wednesday by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, during an event at the Veterans Memorial Park in Boise. 

Crapo presented Alice Ingram, an organizer of the “Survivors of Wake-Guam-Cavite” reunion, and other family members of Wake combatants, copies of his Congressional Record Statement honoring those who perished or were captured on Wake Island. 

Many were employees of Boise’s Morrison-Knudsen Company, sent to build runways and other infrastructure during World War II. 

Crapo also discussed legislation he has co-sponsored to honor Wake Island -- and other Pacific combatants -- with the Congressional Gold Medal.