Filipino Veterans Awarded WWII Congressional Gold Medal


After 75 long years, Filipino Veterans of World War II were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service during the war. The medal is one of the nation’s highest civilian awards and was presented Oct. 25 at a ceremony held in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Filipino Veterans of World War II Bronze Medal
The United States Mint struck the Filipino Veterans of World War II Bronze Medal. As directed by law and shown above, it also strikes bronze versions for sale to the public.

More than 250,000 Filipino soldiers served alongside U.S. soldiers in World War II, including more than 57,000 who died.

The medal’s obverse or heads side shows a Filipino scout, a Filipino infantry regiment officer, and a guerrilla soldier — representing a part of the range and breadth of the Filipino Veterans’ service in World War II. FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II is inscribed along the top border. Joel Iskowitz designed the image and Phebe Hemphill sculpted it.

Filipino Veterans of World War II Bronze Medal - Obverse
Medal obverse

Designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the medal’s reverse shows an American and Filipino World War II-era flags. An inscription of UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN THE FAR EAST appears at the top. Centered below are DUTY TO COUNTRY and the key locations of BATAAN & CORREGIDOR, LUZON, LEYTE, and SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES. ACT OF CONGRESS 2016 is inscribed along the bottom of the design. Inscribed upon a scroll between the flags are the significant years of 1941, 1945, and 1946.

Filipino Veterans of World War II Bronze Medal - Reverse
Medal reverse

The medal was authorized under Public Law 114-265, which was enacted when President Obama signed S.1555 on Dec. 14, 2016.

Bronze replicas of the medal were authorized by Congress and are available from the United States Mint. A 3-inch version is sold for $39.95 and a 1.5-inch version is available for $6.95. Orders are accepted online at or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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Who gets THE gold medal? There were a quarter million soldiers, the US probably does not have enough gold to make a quarter million gold medals.

Pete Villanueva

Anyone eligible gets it, but it must be applied for. Also, there is only ONE gold medal that is housed in the Smithsonian. The presentation ones are replicas (bronze), but it’s the meaning that is precious.

Joe Brown

One Saturday night around 67 or 68 i was watch,en a movie PT*109 for the first time, my Dad* saw what i was watching, When my Mom* & him were going out the door for a late night cocktail & music, he spoke of the Filipino* Vet*s & their family*s & all they went threw during that time and how *brave all the men women & children all are. My Dad* was running the “”slot”” in the Philippines on his Light Cruiser in the location where *Kennedy*s *PT Boat was torn apart at that time, then my Mom* said lets… Read more »


The original gold medal itself is usually housed in the Smithsonian if it honors a group. Gerald and Betty Ford’s is in his Presidential Library. The medal for Doolitle’s Raiders is in the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton.

Peter Thomas

Very proud moment for the US to remember the people of the Philippines and the price they paid to shed the yoke of oppression. Great job US Mint and well done to its new chairmen.
Pete Thomas, SVP at Zaner Precious Metals