WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It’s part of World Struggle II historical past many may not know. A unit of artists, architects, and engineers had been drafted to create battlefield illusions to trick Hitler and the Germans.
98-year-old Manny Frockt, one of many few surviving members of that unit dwelling in West Palm Seashore, was lately honored with a Congressional gold medal.
Frockt helped save an estimated 15,000-30,000 American lives throughout WWII.
Because the battle was raging on, the US military was recruiting a brand new top-secret unit that might try and trick the Nazis, staging deceptions and illusions.
“I faked every thing,” stated Frockt. “We had faux airplanes, faux balloons. You identify it, I did it.”
Frockt was one in every of 1,100 others in a unit group recognized merely because the Ghost Military.
“They’re gonna sneak in, they’re gonna faux to be any person else, they’re gonna sneak out,” stated Rick Beyer, president of the Ghost Military Legacy Challenge. “They’re not likely ever there.”
The Ghost Military’s existence was principally unknown to historical past till President Joe Biden signed a invoice awarding them the congressional gold medal in February, one of many nation’s highest honors for pioneering battle ways and utilizing artwork to avoid wasting lives.
Congressman Brian Mast introduced the award to Frockt on Saturday. Palm seaside County Vice Mayor Gregg Weiss additionally named Saturday “Manny Frockt day”.
“It’s a protracted overdue large thanks to those that served,” stated Weiss. “We’re blessed to have Manny Frockt right here in our group.”
With solely 10 surviving troopers, the Ghost Military is popping into the military of ghosts.
“They gained’t be right here lengthy, so we really feel prefer it’s actually vital to honor them whereas they’re right here,” stated Beyer.