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Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal

On March 29, 2007, approximately 350 Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) received the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery during World War II. The original is at the Smithsonian. This one is one of the bronze replicas given to the individual recipients. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On March 29, 2007, approximately 350 Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) received the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery during World War II. The original is at the Smithsonian. This one is one of the bronze replicas given to the individual recipients. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On March 29, 2007, approximately 350 Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) received the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery during World War II. The original is at the Smithsonian. This one is one of the bronze replicas given to the individual recipients. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On March 29, 2007, approximately 350 Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) received the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery during World War II. The original is at the Smithsonian. This one is one of the bronze replicas given to the individual recipients. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal being installed by Exhibits Specialist Caleb Still in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal being installed by Exhibits Specialist Caleb Still in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In April 2006, the U.S. Congress voted to award the Tuskegee Airmen a Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious award Congress can give to civilians. The award was presented to the surviving Tuskegee Airmen on March 29, 2007, at a ceremony in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol "in recognition of their unique military record, which inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces."

The medal features three Tuskegee Airmen in profile -- an officer, a mechanic and a pilot. The eagle symbolizes flight, nobility and the highest ideals of the nation. The years 1941-1949 indicate the years that these Airmen were assigned to segregated units. The reverse side depicts three types of airplanes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II: the P-40, P-51 and B-25. The medals on display are bronze copies of the original gold medal, which remains at the Smithsonian Institution per public law.
 

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