A Congressional Gold Medal is created by
the United States Mint to commemorate the
achievement for which the medal is awarded.
Each medal is different in appearance. They
are not meant to be worn on a uniform or other
clothing, but rather displayed like a trophy.
To work with the U.S. Mint, the National Veterans
Network (NVN) established a Gold Medal Design
Committee chaired by Major General James
Mukoyama. The committee worked with NVN
member organizations to review medal designs
proposed by the U.S. Mint and ensure historical
The Fine Arts Commission and the Citizen
Advisory Coinage Commission reviewed the
designs in May. Both recommended the design
preferred by more than 90 surviving veterans
from the 100th, 442nd and Military Intelligence Service.
After representatives of the 100th Infantry
Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
and MIS received
the Congressional Gold Medal, NVN and the
Smithsonian organized a tour of the medal.
The purpose of the tour is to help educate
the American people about the legacy of the
100th, 442nd and MIS. After the tour, the Medal
will return to Washington where it will be on
permanent display at the Smithsonian.