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Congressional Gold Medal, Tuskegee Airmen

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This object is on display in the World War II Aviation exhibition at the National Mall building.


The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award presented by the U.S. Congress. It is awarded to an individual or group for an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States.
This medal was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots flying for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Awarded on March 29, 2007, the medal recognized their "unique military record that inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces."

Lent by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On loan from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

Owner: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Country of Origin: United States

Dimensions: 3-D: 1.3 x 7.6cm (1/2 x 3 in.)

Materials: Overall: Gold

Physical Description:Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal; Obverse: three profiles of a pilot wearing a leather flying helmet, ground mechanic wearing a billed cap; and pilot wearing a service cap; a soaring eagle depicted below the three profiles; raised letter text "TUSKEGEE AIRMEN" above profiles; Reverse: three starboard side aircraft profiles, Curtiss P-40 with "99" on fuselage; North American P-51D with "332" on fuselage, and North American B-25 with "477" on fuselage; raised letter text, "ACT OF CONGRESS, 2006, OUTSTANDING COMBAT RECORD INSPIRED REVOLUTIONARY REFORM IN THE ARMED FORCES".

Inventory number: I20071282001

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