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Gen. Billy Mitchell's Special Congressional Medal of Honor

DAYTON, Ohio -- Gen. Billy Mitchell uniforms and medals on display in the National Museum of the United States Air Force Early Years Gallery. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Gen. Billy Mitchell uniforms and medals on display in the National Museum of the United States Air Force Early Years Gallery. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This is the Special Congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Gen. Billy Mitchell in 1946. This medallion, the only one of its kind in existence, was sculptured by Erwin F. Springweiler, and was struck by the Philadelphia Mint.

The inscription on the front of the medallion reads: 

BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM MITCHELL

The inscription on the reverse side reads: 

AWARD OF THE
CONGRESS
AUGUST 8, 1946
FOR OUTSTANDING
PIONEER SERVICE AND
FORESIGHT IN FIELD
OF AMERICAN MILITARY
AVIATION

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