The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian recognition awarded by the U.S. Congress. This medal was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots flying for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Awarded on March 29, 2007, the medal recognized their “unique military record that inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces.”
A gold medal featuring three men in profile in the center, with "TUSKEGEE AIRMEN" at top and an eagle with spread wings at the bottom.
An Aircraft observer badge. The badge features a pair of horizontally extended wings with a central round insignia. The center is a heavily bordered circle with small, parallel horizontal lines featured within. On the back there are two (2) small spikes for the pin backs. Stamped on the back of the wings is: [STERLING / AE CO. / UTICA / N.Y.].
A Purple Heart medal and case awarded posthumously to Tuskegee Airmen 2 Lt. James McCullin.
A Purple Heart medal. The medal is purple and heart-shaped with a gold border. There is a raised profile of George Washington in the center of the medal. At the top of the medal there is a small white shield with three red stars above two red horizontal lines. On either side of the shield is a green vine with leaves. There is a purple ribbon with white border attached to the medal at the top. On the back of the medal is the inscription: [FOR / MILITARY / MERIT/ JAMES L. / MCCULLIN]. The dedication is in raised gold letters and the name is etched into the medal.
A case for a Purple Heart. The outside of the case is dark-colored with gold-colored designs along edges. The top of the case also has gold-colored designs creating two squares. The case opens to a 90 degree angle from hinges on the back short edge. In center of the top of the case gold letters read: [PURPLE HEART]. The interior of the case is lined with yellow fabric. The fabric in the top part of the case looks like satin and the bottom part of the case the fabric looks like velvet.
A bombardier wing insignia. The insignia has a pair of horizontally extended wings with a central round piece with a bomb overlaid on top. The center has two (2) concentric rings behind the bomb. The bomb is pointed down with tail wings at the top. Two (2) spikes on the back tips of the wings for pin backs.
A navigator insignia. The insignia features a pair of horizontally extended wings with a central round piece featuring the earth surrounded by crisscrossing rings at various latitudes and longitudes. The outer ring of the center is notched. On the back is one (1) small spike on the proper right side of the back wing tip for the pin back. Stamped on the back of the wings is: [STERLING].