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World War Two Victory Medal

The World War Two Victory Medal was instituted by the US Congress July 6th, 1945, Public Law, 79th Congress in memory of any member of the American Armed Forces, including members of the Philippine Armed Forces who had been on active service or in reserve between December 7th, 1941 and December 31st, 1946.
Initially, the decoration was introduced as a ribbon and was named Victory Ribbon. In 1946 however, a medel was added as the World War Two Victory Medal.
The award consists of a bronze medal, 1,37" in diameter and was designed by Mr. Thomas M. Jones. The design was approved on February 5th, 1946. The obverse of the medal depicts the goddess of peace, Nike, looking at the rising sun and holding a broken sword, representing the broken power of the Axis nations.
Beneath her right foot, the helmet of he god Ajax is depicted, representing the end of hostilies. Behind her is the rising sun, representing the coming of peace. Next to her, the text World War II is engraved.
The reverse of the medal shows the Four Freedom lines: "Freedom from Fear and Want" and "Freedom of Speeech and Religion", as declared by President Roosevelt and separated by a palm branch. Around it, the text "United States of America" and the yesr "1941-1945" are engraved.
The ribbon, 1,37" in width shows a multi colored rainbow on each side, 0,35" in width, derived from the Allied World War I Victory Medal. The inner band in red represents the spilled blood of the soldiers. The narrow white bands between the red band and the rainbow symbolize the rays of hope.
For military units, a banner was instituted which is in use by the US Navy and the US Marine Corps only.
Formally, no period of time has been fixed during which military personell must have served to become eligible for the award. As President Truman had declared that hostilities had ended on December 31st, 1946, it is possible for soldiers to have received the award without having participated in any hostility or even having entered service after May 8th, 1945.

Abel, Brent Maxwell* May 16th, 1916
December 26th, 2005

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abate, Albert F.29-07-191501-12-2000more
Abbott, Earl L. "Abby"08-01-191924-01-1945more
Abbott, William Edwin29-06-192512-12-1944
Abel, Brent Maxwell16-05-191626-12-2005more
Abele, Mannert Lincoln (USN)11-07-190316-08-1942more
Abercrombie, Laurence Allen "Abe" (USN)11-10-189703-05-1973more
Abercrombie, William Warner24-07-191404-06-1942more
Abernathy, Elmer Paul (USN)14-06-189915-12-1990more
Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr.15-09-191404-09-1974more
Acheson, Robert B.25-01-191222-01-1982more
Ackerman, Harry17-08-191913-04-2015more
Ackley, William J.01-10-1918 more
Adams, Carlton R.06-04-190826-10-1990more
Adams, George  
Adams, Lucian26-10-192231-03-2003more
Afflitto, Walter Frank "Flip"18-06-192022-08-1989
Agerholm, Harold Christ29-01-192507-07-1944more
Ahad, Iman Marajukin L.09-04-191825-12-1971more
Aiello, James Joseph27-08-191202-03-1996more
Aikens, Wingurd08-04-192100-00-1983
Ainsworth, Ellen Gertrude09-03-191916-02-1944
Aker, Fred Theador20-08-192017-04-1945
Albaugh, Daniel S.00-00-192620-03-1945
Alcantar, Max L.14-12-192125-02-1945
Alderman, John Clement31-07-190617-11-1976more
Alford, Elwin11-10-192214-06-1942
Alford, William Leonard12-05-191913-07-1992
Alleman, Virgil Calvin (USAAF)28-10-191312-06-1942more
Allen, Edgel  more
Allen, Walter Henry "Pappy"17-05-191523-04-1951more
Allender, Thomas Baldwin, Sr.00-00-191300-00-1973
Allman, Clifford Lee (USN) 18-02-1945
Allman, Kenneth, W. 25-07-1944more
Altman, Fredric Gans10-02-191708-09-2002
Altman, Richard Gustaf28-08-192304-01-2009more
Alvis, Samuel  
Amerman, Walter Gordon Dr. (US Army)07-11-191928-12-1988more
Amos, Robert00-00-191724-10-1944more
Anderson, Albert00-00-191824-10-1944more
Anderson, Beauford T. "Andy"06-07-192207-11-1996more
Anderson, Clarence Emil "Bud"13-01-1922 more
Anderson, Elman Adair (USMC)27-05-192303-09-1944more
Anderson, Richard Beatty26-06-192101-02-1944more
Anderson, Robert Washington09-08-192107-02-1986more
Andrews, Charles Herbert14-05-190807-12-1981more
Anna, Alfred Leo09-12-192327-04-2006
Antolak, Sylvester10-09-191624-05-1944
Antrim, Richard Nott17-12-190708-03-1969more
Apperson, Edwin C.13-07-1925 
Apple, Albert B.03-08-192404-11-1945
Applegate, Elvin C.  
Aquilante, Joseph  
Arlandson, Robert Andrew03-03-192131-12-2007
Armour, Donald F.23-09-192009-10-2001
Armstrong Sr., John Leroy "Jack"19-07-192205-09-1954
Arnold, Henry Harley "Hap"25-06-188615-01-1950more
Arnoult, Carl A.00-00-191801-06-1945more
Ashman, Charles H.01-03-192421-05-1945more
Ashton, Clarence Mcallister14-02-192304-09-2011more
Atkinson, Robert Edward "Ed"18-03-192029-03-1943more
Auman, Joseph Martin04-01-192212-11-1942more
Aurness, James King "Jim"26-05-192303-06-2011more
Austin, Bernard Lige15-12-190221-09-1979more
Austin, Raymond  more
Axline, Sherman Eugene20-07-192520-09-1944more
Azur, George Joseph21-03-191917-04-1945

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