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Congressional Gold Medal

Medal Design
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 accuracy.

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.

General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, said the Army sent messages to American
commanders in Europe asking if they wanted the 100th Battalion. “I recall... Eisenhower’s staff
people declined them”, however, General Mark Clark’s reply was “We will take anybody that will
fight... I will say they were superb! They took terrific casualties. They showed rare courage and
tremendous fighting spirit. Everybody wanted them... in the operations, and we used them quite
dramatically in the great advance in Italy which led up to the termination of the fighting there.”