Replica Nisei Soldiers of World War II Congressional Gold Medal
Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service of the US Army were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to honor their military service during World War II. These units were comprised of Nisei, or second-generation Japanese Americans, primarily from the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast. Both the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team received training at Camp Shelby during the war. The United States Congress approved the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to Nisei veterans in 2010, and a presentation ceremony was held on November 2, 2011. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award presented by Congress.
The obverse, or front, of this reproduction medal features Nisei soldiers and the color guard of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, along with the 442nd’s motto “Go For Broke.”
Source:Gift of the 442nd RCT Veterans Club of Hawaii, in memory of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Related Conflict:World War II
Display Status:This artifact is on view in the World War II Gallery.