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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) announced this week’s honoree for her ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’ initiative. During a speech on the House floor, Walorski paid tribute to Art Conservation Specialist George Stout, in honor of his granddaughter and Mishawaka resident Lauren Parker, for his heroic efforts to preserve, protect, and restitute priceless monuments, artwork, and artifacts during World War II.
George Stout was one of the leaders of Monuments Men, a group of men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section (MFA) under the Allied Armies during World War II. Before the war, Stout pioneered new techniques of art conservation while working at Harvard’s Fogg Museum. Due to his unsuccessful campaign to create a group like Monuments Men, the World War I veteran enlisted in the Navy and developed aircraft camouflage techniques. In 1944, Stout was transferred to a small corps of 17 Monuments Men.
“We cannot thank George Stout and the Monuments Men enough for their heroic feats during World War II,” Walorski said. “Stout is an honorary Hoosier in my eyes, and I am grateful for the opportunity to meet his family as we honor him and the other Monuments Men with the Congressional Gold Medal Award.”
Today, in accordance with H.R. 3658, Monuments Men Recognition Act of 2014, a congressional gold medal was given in commemoration of the Monuments Men in recognition of their heroic role in the preservation, protection, and restitution of monuments, works of art, and artifacts of cultural importance during and following World War II.
Watch Walorski’s floor speech here.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.