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380th Bomb Group Association
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Newsletter #54 - Autumn 2013


Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to 25 Native American tribes in recognition of the dedication and valor of tribe members who had served as Code Talkers in the United States Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. The medals were awarded at a ceremony held in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on November 20, 2013. Congratulations to our friends in the Hopi Tribe for this long-deserved recognition!

August 2013

With the support of the 380th Bomb Group Association for our Hopi Code Talkers, Acoma Code Talkers and Apache Code Talkers, our nation finally will honor all Native American Code Talkers this year at the national level.

With my regards

Eugene "Geno" Talas, Director
Office of Hopi Veterans Services & Safety Officer
Hopi Guidance Center
Second Mesa, AZ 86043

Native American Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medals -- Hopi Tribe




Hopi Code Talker Congressional Gold  Medal

Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Don Everhart
The obverse design features Hopi code talkers communicating on a field phone and using binoculars to search for the enemy. The B-24 Liberator in the background represents the Hopi code talkers' service in the 90th and 380th Bombardment Groups. Inscriptions are HOPI CODE TALKERS and U.S. ARMY.

Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Renata Gordon
The reverse design features a variation of the Hopi Tribe flag, which depicts a circle with dots, mountains and stalks of corn on both sides of the mountains. The flag's symbols represent the Hopi way of life. Inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, ACT OF CONGRESS 2008, A CODE NEVER BROKEN, KEPT AMERICA FREE and HOPILAVAYI, which in English means "Hopi language."

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April 23, 2014 - Hopi Code Talkers Recognition Day, Arizona. Pays tribute to and recognizes the Hopi Code Talkers and other Native American Code Talkers who served during World Wars I and II. Advance reservations are required. Please contact Hopi Veterans Services at 928.737.1834 or by email to geno.talas@pa-angni.com for more information.

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Last updated: 31 March 2014