World War II Victory Medal


Physical Description

Bronze medal 1 3/8 inches in width. On the obverse is "Liberation" standing full length with her head turned, looking to the dawn of a new day. Her right foot rests on a war god’s helmet. In her right hand is the hilt of a broken sword and in her left hand is the broken blade. Slightly below the center is the inscription, "WORLD WAR II." On the reverse the inscriptions "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" are separated by a palm branch. Around the rim is inscribed, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914 1945." The medal hangs on a ribbon of red and white with "rainbow" stripes on either side. The rainbow on each side of the ribbon is a miniature of the pattern used in the WWI Victory Medal.

General History

The World War II Victory medal was established by an Act of Congress in July of 1945. The medal was awarded to all military personnel for service between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946.

Date Made: 1946

Related Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ZZ.RSN79785W24

Object Name: MedalOther Terms: Medal; Army; Service; Victory Medal, World War II

Physical Description: bronze (pendant material)cloth (suspension ribbon material)Measurements: medal: 7 cm x 3.5 cm; 2 3/4 in x 1 3/8 in


Record Id: nmah_382232

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