World War II Victory Medal

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Service: All Services

Instituted: 1945

Dates: 7 December 1941 to 31 December 1946

Criteria: Awarded for ser­vice in the U.S. Armed For­ces during the above period

Devices: None

(Note- a bronze star attachment was often affixed to denote that the award was for service in combat)

Authorized by an Act of Congress on July 6, 1945 and awarded to all members of the Armed Forces who served at least one day of honorable, active federal service between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946, inclusive.

The World War II Victory Medal provides deserving recognition to all of America’s veterans who served during World War II.

No attachments are authorized although some veterans received the medal with an affixed bronze star which, according to rumors at the time, was to distinguish those who served in combat from those who did not. However, no official documentation has ever been found to support this supposition. Although eligible for its award, many World War II veterans never actually received the medal since many were discharged prior to the medal’s institution.

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