History, Japanese American

Congressional Gold Medal Award Comes to the Smithsonian

President Obama and guests after signing S.1055

President Obama and guests after signing S.1055*. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service to come to the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program honors the soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and members of the Military Intelligence Service for their dedicated service during World War II.

Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medal, photo from the U.S. Mint

On November 2, 2011, members of these units will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award, in a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Congress.  The 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service were the units of predominantly Japanese Americans, and some Korean and Hawaiian Americans, who would serve with great courage, distinction, and sacrifice.

The Congressional Gold Medal will be donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and tour across the country.  Display schedule to be announced in the near future.

*S.1055 – A bill to grant the congressional gold medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, United States Army, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

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