This medal is a bronze miniature replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Navajo Code talkers at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on July 26, 2000 in recognition of their dedication and valor. The medal measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
The obverse of the medal features two Marine Navajo code talkers communicating a radio message. Centered along the top of the medal is the inscription NAVAJO CODE TALKERS. Centered along the bottom is BY ACT OF CONGRESS 2000.The reverse bears the Navajo Marine Corps emblem with USMC, the U.S. Marine Corps eagle, globe and anchor emblem and WWII entered along the top of the medal. Centered along the bottom is the inscription Diné Bizaad Yee Atah Naayéé’ Yik’eh Deesdl íí, which means "The Navajo Language Was Used to Defeat the Enemy."
Authorized by the 106th Congress on May 23, 2000, the “Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers Act” honors the Navajo code talkers who distinguished themselves in performing a unique, highly successful communications operation that greatly assisted in saving countless lives and in hastening the end of World War II in the Pacific.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Design:||Obverse Designer/Engraver: Al Maletsky|
Reverse Designer/Engraver: T. James Ferrell
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 106-554|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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