Medal World War I The Great War For Civilization

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This Victory Medal is a service medal of the US military. It was first created in 1919, designed by James Earle Fraser. The medal was originally intended to be created due to an act of Congress, however the bill authorizing the medal never passed, leaving the service departments to create the award through general orders. The US Army published orders authorizing the Victory Medal in April 1919 and the Navy followed in June of 1919. Known until 1947 simply as the "Victory Medal", the medal was awarded to any member of the US military who had served in the armed forces between the following dates in the following locations:6 April 1917 to 11 November 1918 for any military service 12 November 1918 to 5 August 1919 for service in European Russia 23 November 1918 to 1 April 1920 for service with the American Expeditionary Force SiberiaThe front of the bronze medal features a winged Victory holding a shield and sword on the front. The back features "The Great War For Civilization" in all capital letters curved along the top. Curved along the bottom of the back are six stars, three on either side of the center column of seven staffs wrapped in a cord. The top of the staff has a round ball on top and is winged on the side. The staff is on top of a shield that says "U" on the left side of the staff and "S" on the right side of the staff. On left side of the staff it lists one World War I Allied country per line: France, Italy, Serbia, Japan, Montenegro, Russia, and Greece. On the right side of the staff the Allied country names read: Great Britain, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal, Rumania (spelled with a U instead of an O as it is spelled now), and China

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