Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal
This medal was presented to the Monuments Men in recognition of their heroic role in the preservation, protection and restitution of monuments, works of art, and artifacts of cultural importance during and following World War II.
“Monuments Men” was the name given to the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section under the Allied Armies. Initially, the group was tasked with protecting and temporarily repairing the monuments, churches and cathedrals of Europe that were damaged due to combat. However, their mission was adapted to identify, preserve, catalogue, and repatriate almost 5,000,000 artistic and cultural items during and following World War II. The Monuments Men saved and recovered some of the world’s most famous pieces of art by such renowned artists as Michelangelo, Johannes Vermeer, Jan van Eyck, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.
The bronze medal pictured is a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal.