This medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Tlingit Tribe Code Talkers at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on November 20, 2013, in recognition of their dedication and valor. The medal measures 3” in diameter.
On the obverse design, the antenna on the soldier’s equipment is raised as he talks on his radio sending a coded message. The soldier kneels on his right knee and holds his rifle in his left hand in case of attack. The three semicircles signify the transmission of radio signals. It is inscribed TLINGIT WARRIORS CODE TALKERS.The reverse design depicts a killer whale headdress representing the Tlingit code talkers of World War II who were affiliated with the Killer Whale Clan. Inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, KILLER WHALE CLAN and ACT OF CONGRESS 2008.
The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 authorized the United States Mint to strike and issue medals to provide the recognition deserved by Native American Code Talkers for their dedication and valor in World Wars I and II. The heroic and dramatic contributions of Native American Code Talkers were instrumental in driving back Axis forces and securing the United States’ victories.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Design:||Obverse/Reverse Designer: Susan Gamble|
Obverse Engraver: Joseph Menna
Reverse Engraver: Renata Gordon
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 110-420|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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