January 5, 2007
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky introduced the following bill; which was referred
to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for the issuance of
a prisoner-of-war medal to civilian employees of the Federal Government
who, during war or under wartime conditions, are taken captive by armed
forces or agents of a foreign government hostile to the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
Act may be cited as the `Civilian Prisoner-of-War Medal Act of 2007'.
2. PRISONER-OF-WAR MEDAL FOR CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
In General- Chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by
adding at the end the following:
4531. Prisoner-of-war medal
In General- The President shall issue a prisoner-of-war medal to any
person who, while serving as an employee, was forcibly taken prisoner
and held captive--
while serving in a position or otherwise performing functions in support
of members of the Armed Forces of the United States that were engaged
in an action or military operation or serving with friendly forces under
circumstances described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of section 1128(a)
of title 10, as determined by the President; or
by foreign armed forces that are hostile to the United States, under
circumstances which the President finds to have been comparable to those
under which persons have generally been held captive by enemy armed
forces during periods of armed conflict.
Design- The prisoner-of-war medal shall be of appropriate design, with
ribbons and appurtenances.
Numerical Limitation- Not more than one prisoner-of-war medal may be
issued to a person under this section. However, for each succeeding
service that would otherwise justify the issuance of such a medal, the
President may issue a suitable device to be worn as the President determines.
Eligibility- For a person to be eligible for issuance of a prisoner-of-war
medal under this section, the person's conduct must have been honorable
for the period of captivity which serves as the basis for the issuance,
and such captivity must not have been the result of any willful misconduct
on the part of such person.
Issuance to a Representative- If a person dies before the issuance of
a prisoner-of-war medal to which the person is entitled under this section,
the medal may be issued to that person's representative, as designated
by the President.
Replacement- Under regulations prescribed by the President, a prisoner-of-war
medal under this section that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit
for use without fault or neglect on the part of the person to whom it
was issued may be replaced without charge.
Coordination- Nothing in this section shall affect the operation of
section 1128 of title 10.'.
Clerical Amendment- The analysis for chapter 45 of title 5, United States
Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
amendments made by this Act shall take effect as of April 6, 1917, and
shall apply to persons taken captive on or after that date.