In 2011, veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor. The face of this high-quality replica features Nisei (second-generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) soldiers from the European and Pacific theaters. The 442nd RCT color guard is depicted in the lower field.
The reverse depicts the insignias of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). The 100th insignia features a taro leaf and a traditional Hawaiian helmet, both of which are emblematic of the unit's Hawaiian roots. The "Go for Broke" Torch of Liberty shoulder patch represents the 442nd RCT. The MIS insignia is represented by a sphinx, a traditional symbol of secrecy. In addition, the years “1941–1946,” the defined years of World War II according to the Department of Defense, are inscribed in the upper right field of the medal. The three stars positioned along the border represent the three units being honored.
- 20 oz.
- 6 x 6 x 0.66 inches (6” diameter?)
- More information: https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/medals/nisei-soldiers-of-wwii
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