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Awards, Decorations, Campaign & Service Medals

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Wyllie, Robert E.. "American Decorations and Insignia of Honor and Service," National Geographic. Volume XXXVI, Number Six (December 1919): 502-526. (No author was cited for this article but it may have been Robert E. Wyllie who authored the preceding article: "The Romance of Military Insignia."). Scans of the actual 24 pages illustrating the medals and insignia of the Armies, Corps, Divisions, and Special Units, as well as descriptions of their formation and activity. Jan. 14, 2003


Spanish Campaign Medal (Spanish-America War). Also see: Spanish Campaign Medal (Army). Click on "Yes" to proceed.

These Spanish Campaign Medal were submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Spanish Campaign Medal, earlier ribbon version

Spanish Campaign, 1st Style Ribbon; Rim No. 47; Recipient: Thomas Franklin, Capt., Subsistence Department. This ribbon version was dropped in 1913.

Spanish Campaign Medal

Spanish Campaign, 2nd Style Ribbon; Rim No. 7078; Recipient: Richard P. Lilles, Pvt., 1st Prison Guard.


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Spanish War Service Medal (Spanish-American War). Also see: Spanish War Service Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Spanish War Service Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Spanish War Service Medal

Spanish War Service; 55; Recipient: Alexander Rudolph Lawton, Col., 1st Ga. Vol. Inf., USV.


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Cuban Occupation Medal. Also see: Army of Cuban Occupation Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Cuban Occupation Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Cuban Occupation Medal

Cuban Occupation; No. 3714; Recipient: John A. Clark (Mailed to 3629 Mellon St. ???).


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Puerto Rican Occupation Medal. Also see: Army of Puerto Rico Occupation Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Puerto Rican Occupation Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Puerto Rican Occupation Medal

Porto Rican Occupation (Puerto Rican Occupation); 1107 ??? ; Recipient: ???.


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Philippine Campaign Medal. Also see: Philippine Campaign Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Philippine Campaign Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Philippine Campaign Medal

Philippine Campaign; 19700; Recipient: Frank Wright, 1st Lt., Minn. N.G.


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Philippine Congressional Medal (Philippine Insurrection). Also see: Philippine Congressional Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Philippine Congressional Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Philippine Congressional Medal

Philippine Congressional; No. 2185; Recipient: Eugene Klemptner, Co. D, 1st Wash. Vol. Inf.


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Cuban Pacification Medal. Also see: Army of Cuban Pacification Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Cuban Pacification Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Cuban Pacification Medal

Cuban Pacification; No. 4218; Recipient: Joseph L. Londree, Co. F, 2nd Battalion Engineers.


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Victory Medal (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.) Also see: World War I Victory Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Victory Medal was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

WWI Victory Medal.  Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

Victory Medal

This particular Victory Medal was sent to me by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com) and contains the Lys clasp (not to be confused with the Ypres-Lys clasp) which was only rewarded to about "500 Americans participated in the campaign, including troops of the 16th Engineers, 28th Aero Squadron, and 1st Gas Regiment." This medal also has a Meuse-Argonne clasp and a Defensive Sector clasp. See Named Campaigns in WWI; Light Rail Operators Company D, 21st Engineers; Forward-March! a photographic memorial of World War I

 

These Victory Medals were submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Victory Medals

The figures for each Victory Medal are below:

France: 621,000
England: 30,000
Siberia: 9,000
Russia: 9,000
Italy: 4,800

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"Fantasy" Navy WWI VM bar (Siberia)

This bar is typical of what I believe to be a cast piece. As you can see the background behind "Siberia" is pebbled, and that's a dead giveaway of a non-official bar. That is not to say that all smooth bars are 'kosher'.

Some, but very few, navy men were authorized to wear both an army & navy combination, but they are scarce and hard to prove.

VM bar = Victory Medal bar (or clasp)

If you ever get a real interest in these WWI VMs you need to but Laslo's book on them. A good investment at about $30.

About those conventions & reunions. Many vets who were entitled to campaign bars thought that they should have others that were never official. Some of those were: Alsace-Lorraine, Army of Occupation, Soissons, Chateau Thierry, etc. There are about a dozen of these known, some marked MADE IN FRANCE, others unmarked. Some are marked on the back with an "H", and those were made for collectors.

 

This Lafayette Flying Corps Medal (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):


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Purple Heart (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.) Also see: Purple Heart. Click on "Yes" to proceed.

This Purple Heart was submitted by Martin Wagner (remember-9-11-01@mindspring.com). (Click on image to see a larger copy of it.):

Purple Heart; The recipient, Paul R. Maye, was KIA on the USAT Dorchester, the same ship that was made famous by The 4 Chaplains. Reverse side: Purple Heart; The recipient, Paul R. Maye, was KIA on the USAT Dorchester, the same ship that was made famous by The 4 Chaplains.

Purple Heart; The recipient, Paul R. Maye, was KIA (Killed in Action) on the USS (USAT) Dorchester, the same ship that was made famous by "The 4 Chaplains". See: The Immortal Chaplains web site.
Paul R. Maye
Private, U.S. Army Air Forces
15336249
Army Air Corps
Entered the Service from: Ohio
Died: February 3, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial
New York City, USA
Awards: Purple Heart

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, ABMC - War Dead - WWII


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These medals are from The United States in The Great War by Willis J. Abbot; Leslie-Judge Co., New York. Copyright, 1919 by Doubleday, Page & Company. (328 pages):

Distinguished Service Cross. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

Distinguished Service Cross, Authorized in 1918; 17 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 334 KB) Also see:  Distinguished Service Cross. Click on "Yes" to proceed.


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The Congressional Medal of Honor. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

The Congressional Medal of Honor, Authorized in 1862; 20 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 335 KB). Also see: Medal of Honor. Click on "Yes" to proceed.


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The Distinguished Service Medal, Authorized in 1918. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

The Distinguished Service Medal, Authorized in 1918; 18 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 266 KB)  Also see: Distinguished Service Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.


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The Philippine Congressional Medal. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

The Philippine Congressional Medal; 14 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 54 KB) Also see: Philippine Congressional Medal. Click on "Yes" to proceed.


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The Naval Medal of Honor, Authorized in 1861. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

The Naval Medal of Honor, Authorized in 1861; 41 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 213 KB) Also see: Medal of Honor. Click on "Yes" to proceed.


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The West Indian Naval Campaign Medal. Click on image to see a larger copy of it.

The West Indian Naval Campaign Medal; 16 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 64 KB) Also see: U.S. Navy Service and Campaign Medals Index


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Color plate from page 196; 366 KB (Click on image to see a larger copy of it. 334 KB)

Source: The United States in The Great War by Willis J. Abbot; Leslie-Judge Co., New York. Copyright, 1919 by Doubleday, Page & Company. (328 pages).


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Other Medals:

The Badge of Nobility - no image, yet.


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Medal-Related Links

Awards and Decorations - World War I Statistics at CMH Online Bookshelves

Indian War Medal of Honor Recipients - African-Americans & Indian Scouts and Medal of Honor Recipients - WWI - All Soldiers

The Institute of Heraldry Home Page:

Naval War College - Naval War College Library - Military Medals, Awards, & Honors  

U.S. Navy Service and Campaign Medals Index


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The Chicago Daily News War Book for American Soldiers, Sailors and Marines
 page 25-33

 

British War Decorations

 

French War Decorations

Source: The Chicago Daily News War Book for American Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Copyrighted 1918 by The Chicago Daily News Company. Chicago, IL; page 25- 33.

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