Gold Medal: Obverse

Credit: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
September 13, 2012
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Credit: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

The medal's obverse (heads side) design 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 inscription “Go For Broke” is the motto of the 442nd RCT, and was eventually used to describe the work of all three units.