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PUBLIC LAW 101-510—NOV. 5, 1990 104 STAT. 1703 (2) 600,000 members of the Armed Forces of the United States fought in the Battle of the Bulge, making the battle the largest land battle ever fought by United States military forces. (3) The battle claimed 81,000 United States casualties, including 19,000 killed. (4) In 1988, many of the veterans of the battle, including the 7,000 member organization known as the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, organized the Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation to commemorate the heroic sacrifices made by the United States servicemembers who saw action during the Battle of the Bulge, to pay homage to the servicemen killed in that battle, and to inform the present and future youth of this Nation regarding the costs of war and the price of liberty. (5) The efforts of the foundation are directed toward expanding the existing United States Army Museum, located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, to include a gallery dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge, the participants in that battle, and World War II generally. (6) The Museum and the foundation have agreed to act jointly to achieve goals relating to the commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge. (7) Installation of a gallery at the museum devoted to the Battle of the Bulge will result in the museum having the only gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to commemorating that battle. (8) The Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation has set a goal of raising $1,500,000 by December 16, 1994, the 50th anniversary of the battle, to accomplish the objective of appropriately preserving the memory of the battle. (b) RECOGNITION AND COMMENDATION. — In light of the findings in subsection (a). Congress recognizes and commends the efforts of the Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation to provide for the installation of a special gallery at the United States Army Museum at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, devoted to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of military artifacts relating to the Battle of the Bulge and to commemorate that historic battle. SEC. 1472. COMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR PHILIPPINE EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORT (a) FINDINGS. — Congress makes the following findings: (1) The members of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy serving in the Pacific region have given substantial and significant assistance to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines following a severe earthquake on July 16, 1990, in the Philippines which resulted in the deaths of over 1,600 people and severe dislocation and devastation. (2) United States military personnel stationed in the Philippines have traditionally exhibited a strong respect and admiration for the people of the Philippines. (3) A Marine Corps pilot was killed in a helicopter crash during an earthquake relief mission on July 20, 1990. (4) The United States Air Force has flown over 220 sorties, including medical evacuations, to assist in earthquake relief. (5) The Marine Corps has flown over 250 aircraft missions and has transported via helicopter over 1,000 Philippine nationals and more than 500,000 pounds of cargo.