Gold Medal: Reverse

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 reverse (tails side) 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 sphinx, a traditional symbol of secrecy, represents the MIS insignia.