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2012 Nisei Soldiers of World War II Bronze Medal

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Public Law:  111-254

Obverse
Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
Engraver:  Charles L. Vickers
Description:  The obverse features Nisei (second generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) soldiers from both the European and Pacific theaters.  The 442nd RCT color guard is depicted in the lower field of the medal. The inscriptions on the outer rim are NISEI SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR II and GO FOR BROKE, the motto of the 442nd RCT, which was eventually used to describe the work of all three units.

Reverse
Designer:  Don Everhart
Engraver:  Don Everhart
Description:  The reverse depicts the insignias of the 100th INF BN, 442nd RCT and MIS. The 100th INF BN insignia features a taro leaf and a traditional Hawaiian helmet, both of which are emblematic of the unit’s Hawaiian roots.  The “Go for Broke” Torch of Liberty shoulder patch represents the 442nd RCT. The MIS insignia is represented by a sphinx, a traditional symbol of secrecy.  The inscriptions on the outer rim are the title of the three units represented on the medal — the 100th INF BN, 442nd RCT and MIS.  In addition, the years 1941-1946, the defined years of World War II according to the Department of Defense, are inscribed in the upper right field of the medal. A decorative ribbon connects the outer rim with the inscriptionsACT OF CONGRESS and 2010. The three stars positioned along the border represent the three units being honored.

Image/Text: U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

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