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ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

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from Mail Online

World War II Doolittle Raiders get the Congressional Gold Medal

The brave American airmen who carried out the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, taking the fight to the heart of Japan for the first time, were honored with the nation's highest award on Monday.

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from NPR.org

Rosa Parks Statue, Capitol's First Of African-American Woman, To Be Dedicated

Rosa Parks - (1913–2005) African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", & "mother of the freedom movement". In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver's order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Native American 'windtalker' and Second World War hero dies aged 96

One of the last surviving Native Americans who used their tribal languages to outwit the enemy during the Second World War has died in Oklahoma, aged 96. Edmond Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his war-time service.

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Harold K. Hoskins, Sr. (1927-2012) was an American pilot and Tuskegee Airman who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and learned to fly at Alabama's Tuskegee Air Field. In 1971, he retired as a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel after logging 9500 flight hours. Hoskins later became assistant vice president of student affairs at California State University at Hayward.

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from Mail Online

Oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, dry dock for refurb

During the War of 1812 with Great Britain, to the surprise of both the Americans and the British, she defeated four English warships, earning each of her three captains a congressional gold medal

from the Guardian

'The King' Arnold Palmer's greatest moments – in pictures

12 September 2012. Palmer speaks after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in Washington, DC. Palmer was recognized for his contributions to golf and historic contributions to the nation.

from Photoblog

Apollo 11 astronauts, Glenn honored with Congressional Gold Medal

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The real-life Inglorious Basterds: Rep Boehner (left) gives the Congressional Gold Medal t...

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