During World War II, Chinese Americans served in all branches of the military and fought in every theater of operation. They served with distinction, earning many military honors for their service and heroism. The number of Chinese nationals and Chinese Americans living in the U.S. at the start of World War II was limited because of discriminatory policies. Despite their small number, however, approximately 20,000 served in the Armed Forces, and of these, approximately 40 percent were not U.S. citizens.
The United States Congress is honored to present the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) to the Chinese American veterans of World War II. Our Nation is forever indebted to these veterans for their bravery, valor, dedication, commitment, and sacrifice, particularly in the face of discrimination.
View the virtual Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony held in honor of the Chinese American World War II Veterans below:
NOTE: The decision has been made to discontinue the awarding of a “no-cost” Medal for applications received after February 28, 2021. Applications received after that date may still be reviewed (and if approved) for the purpose of having a veteran’s name listed on the website, but the veteran and/or family must make their own arrangements to purchase their Chinese American WWII Congressional Gold Medal directly from the U.S. Mint.
To register a Chinese American WWII veteran, please visit the Congressional Gold Medal Veteran Registry webpage.
To purchase a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, visit the U.S. Mint webpage.