Kuster Honors Local Veteran During Documentary Screening and Discusses “Ghost Army” Legislation in Concord
Concord, NH – Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a screening of the PBS documentary The Ghost Army at the Red River Theatres in Concord and discussed her legislation to award the members of the covert World War II unit with a Congressional Gold Medal. Kuster’s legislation would honor members of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the “Ghost Army,” for their courage and ingenuity during key battles of World War II.
“The members of this extraordinary unit exhibited incredible valor and creativity that helped secure some of the most critical Allied victories of World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine River,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Especially as we pause to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, I think that it’s very important for Americans to recognize our history in World War II and understand the role that our veterans played, and that our troops continue to play, in keeping our country safe. Sometimes it takes very creative measures, and that’s what this film is all about,” she said. “It is my privilege to join with director Rick Beyer and the families of Ghost Army veterans to help honor these courageous men for their service by introducing this legislation to award them with a Congressional Gold Medal. Thank you to all the audience members from across the Capitol region for joining me at last night’s film and discussion, which helped bring this inspiring story to life.”
Last night’s screening and panel discussion brought together over 150 people from across the greater Concord area. Following the film, Congresswoman Kuster was joined by Rick Beyer, who directed and produced The Ghost Army, and Marie Kirk, a Concord resident and daughter of Peter Hobrick, a Ghost Army veteran, for a Q&A with the audience. Throughout World War II, Peter Hobrick used his artistic talents to deceive enemy forces, namely through his painting and sculpting skills. Holbrick passed away in 2008 at the age of 87. Kuster hosted a similar event to tonight’s screening in 2015 to honor Keene Native Irving “Mickey” McKane, another veteran of the unit. In May 2015, Kuster and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) introduced legislation to honor the Ghost Army with the Congressional Gold Medal, spearheading an effort that has drawn 44 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.
Congresswoman Kuster has served on the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee since taking office in 2013. As a result of her leadership on veterans’ issues, last year Kuster was selected to serve as the Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee. The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster has long advocated for the needs of New Hampshire veterans, and she frequently hosts roundtables, forums, and job fairs for Granite State veterans.