On November 2, 2011, the Congressional Gold Medal was presented collectively to the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service, also known as the Nisei Soldiers of World War II. The medal was in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.
The obverse of the medal features Nisei (second-generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) Soldiers from both the European and Pacific theaters. The color guard of the 442nd Regional Combat Team is depicted in the lower field of the medal. Inscriptions include “NISEI SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR II” and “GO FOR BROKE”. The latter was the motto of the 442nd Regional Combat Team, eventually used to describe the work of all three units.
The reverse depicts the insignias of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. The inscriptions include the abbreviated titles of the three units “100th INF BN”, “MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE”, and “442nd RCT”. A ribbon at the base of the design includes “ACT OF CONGRESS 2010”. The dates “1941-1946” appear in the upper left field.
The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, while the reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
Three-inch and one-and-one-half inch bronze reproductions of the medal are available from the United States Mint. The three-inch medals are priced at $44.95 and the one-and-one-half inch medals are priced at $7.95 each. Sales of the bronze medals began today, November 2, 2011 at 12:00 Noon ET.