Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal

Medals
Issued in 2006
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Reverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Reverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Obverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Obverse

Coin Description

Reverse
Features the three types of planes the Tuskegee Airmen flew in World War II, the P-40, the P-51, and the B-25.
Obverse
Features three Tuskegee Airmen in profile. Their headgear designates them as an officer, a mechanic, and a pilot. Below these busts, an eagle flies with wings outstretched, symbolizing flight, nobility, and the highest ideals of the Nation.

The Story

The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American pilots who became heroes during World War II. They were famous for escorting American bombers in raids over Europe and North Africa. The distinguished service of these 994 pilots played a part in President Truman’s decision to desegregate the U.S. military.

This medal was given because of the “unique military record” of the Tuskegee Airmen, “which inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces.”

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2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Reverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Reverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Obverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Obverse