H.R. 320: Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act

H.R. 320

Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act

October 24, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Monday, October 24, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 320 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  H.R. 320 was introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) on January 19, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill by unanimous consent on June 15, 2011.

Bill Summary

H.R. 320 would designate the memorial to members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, located at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, as the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial.  The bill would specify that the national memorial designated by this legislation would not be a unit of the National Park System, and the designation of the national memorial could not be construed to require or permit federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the national memorial.


According to findings listed in the bill, 126,318 members of the Armed Forces received the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II, approximately 21,000 members received the medal during the Korean conflict, and 21,647 members received the medal during the Vietnam War. Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 203 Armed Forces members have received the medal in times of conflict.  According to House Report 112-170, the March Field Air Museum has commenced work on a memorial in Riverside, California, to honor recipients of the U.S. Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross, a medal awarded to members of the U.S. armed services who have demonstrated “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.”


According to CBO, implementing H.R. 320 would “have no effect on discretionary spending because the proposed memorial would not be constructed or operated with federal funds.”