2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients (12 images)

On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "Each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation," Obama said. "They've challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place." Recipients not included in this gallery are former Assistant Attorney General John Doar, who fought to enforce civil rights in the 1960s; William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; Gordon Hirabayashi, a professor and advocate who openly defied the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and Jan Karski, an officer of the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to share with the world his eye-witness account of the Holocaust.
Updated: April 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette Gordon Low Founded the Girl Scouts in 1912 to teach girls self-reliance and resourcefulness. Since its founding Girl Scouts has grown to over 50 million members, the largest organization for girls. Low died in 1927. Left: The clay head of Low, which will be used to create a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. UPI/Lauren Perkins/Madame Tussauds Right: Former President Ronald Reagan with Girl Scout Troop #313 from North Redondo Beach, Calif. File/UPI/Jim Ruymen
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