A decision on designs for a congressional gold medal being awarded in 2015
to the Borinqueneers of the 65th Infantry Regiment was among the items
on the June 16 agenda of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The Borinqueneers were members of a segregated, Puerto Rican
military unit that served during World Wars I and II and the Korean
War. The unit was established in 1899 and dissolved in 1959.
The medal is authorized under Public
Law 113-120 and recognizes the Korean War achievements of the regiment.
According to the legislation, Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera
said in 2000 that "[t]he men of the 65th who served in Korea are
a significant part of a proud tradition of service" that includes
the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the African
American Tuskegee Airmen, and "many other unsung minority units
throughout the history of our armed forces whose stories have never
been fully told."
Here is a comprehensive collection of the designs reviewed by the CCAC on June 16:
Full coverage of this week's CCAC recommendations:
United States Mint releases image mock-ups for 2016 gold dime, quarter dollar, half dollar
Nancy Reagan First Spouse coin designs being reviewed by CCAC
National Park Service commemorative coin designs, Part 1: gold $5 coin
National Park Service commemorative coin designs, Part 2: silver dollar
National Park Service commemorative coin designs, Part 3: copper-nickel clad half dollar
1965 Selma Foot Soldiers' congressional gold medal designs reviewed
Designs for Borinqueneers' congressional gold medal reviewed by CCAC