General Pershing's World War I Victory Medal

General Pershing's World War I Victory Medal

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World War I Victory Medal awarded to General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Bronze medal with a winged figure of Victory holding a sword and shield on the obverse. The medal hangs from a rainbow colored ribbon, with violet on the left and right edges and red at the center. Attached to the ribbon are fourteen battle clasps (from top to bottom): Cambrai; Somme, Defensive; Lys; Aisne; Montdidier-Noyon; Champagne-Marne; Aisne-Marne; Somme, Offensive; Oise-Aisne; Ypres-Lys; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Vittorio-Veneto; and Defensive Sector. As Commander of the AEF, Pershing received a battle clasp for every major conflict in which the AEF was involved as well as a clasp for general defense service (Defensive Sector).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Medal
Other Terms
Medal; Army; Service; Victory Medal, World War I
associated date
1914-1918
wearer
Pershing, John J.
associated place
Europe
Physical Description
bronze (pendant material)
cloth (suspension ribbon material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 1 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
AF.46879
catalog number
46879
accession number
182935
Credit Line
Bequest of Estate of General John J. Pershing
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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