Congressional gold medal designs receive nod from Commission of Fine Arts

Sketches proposals for Office of Strategic Services, Filipino Veterans of World War II
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 06/19/17
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Proposed designs for two congressional gold medals honoring military exploits during World War II were recommended June 15 by the Commission of Fine Arts.

One medal honors the secretive Office of Strategic Services, a World War II predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, and the other to salute Filipino Veterans of World War II who served with U.S. forces during World War II.

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For the OSS medal, the commission backed an obverse shows six OSS male and female “operatives” during various jobs the agency performed, often secretly, during World War II.

The reverse the panel endorsed features a quote by Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan, who headed the OSS, and the OSS Spearhead, which became the OSS’s emblem, all backed by a map of the Western Hemisphere.

The Donovan quote reads: ONLY / BY DECISIONS / OF NATIONAL POLICY / BASED UPON ACCURATE / INFORMATION / DO WE HAVE A CHANCE /OF A PEACE / THAT WILL ENDURE.

For the Filipino Veterans of World War II congressional gold medal, the commission agreed to endorse a design showing three veterans: a Filipino scout, an infantryman and a guerrilla warrior.

U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II Everhart suggested some changes, perhaps on the placement of one of the three men. The commission seemed to like the idea of incorporating some of his changes.

For the reverse, the CFA endorsed a drawing showing the flags of the U.S. and the Philippines and listing some of the major battles in the war there, Bataan, Corregidor, Leyte, and Southern Philippines.

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May the late, great chef & OSS operative Julia Child RIP. A great woman & patriot!