World War II Victory Medal

World War II Victory Medal

The “World War 2 Victory Medal” was created by an act of Congress in July 1945. It commemorates military service during World War 2 and is awarded to any member of the U.S. Military, including members of the armed forces of the Goverment of the Philippine Islands who served on active duty (or as a Reservist) between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.

At First the World War 2 Victory Medal was isseud as a “Service Ribbon” referred to as the “Victory Ribbon”. By 1946 a full medal had been established.

Ribbon The edges of the service ribbon of the medal revisit the corresponding multicolored rainbow ribbons of the Allied World War 1 Victory Medal. Again this honors all the Allied Nations. The wide red center represents the new sacrifice of blood by World War 2 combatants, the thin White Lines separating the central red band from the outer multicolored represent the “The Rays of New Hope”. And the two White Lines signifying that this was the Second global conflict.

Obverse: Depicts Nike standing victorious, holding a broken sword ( representing the broken power of the Axis). With one foot upon the helmet of Mars (Roman God of War) representing “the end of the conflict”. In the background is a sunburst (The Dawn of Peace)

Reverse: Recalls the “Four Freedoms” speech by President Roosevelt, with a laurel spring surrounded by the words “United States of America” and the dates of formal U.S. participation in the conflict “1941-1945”

Source:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_Victory_Medal_(United_States)

World War II Victory Medal
World War II Victory Medal
World War II Victory Medal
World War II Victory Medal