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  • Description of the World War 1 Victory Medal including award criteria and image for referencing.



    Details of the World War 1 Victory Medal service medal of the United States military.





    Picture of the World War 1 Victory Medal medal

    Picture of the World War 1 Victory Medal ribbon


    Date Authorized: 1919

    Ribbon Colors: red; blue, green; yellow; orange; purple


    Description (Ribbon):

    The ribbon features two rainbows arranged in opposite order collapsing on center as red.


    Description (Medal):

    Circular bronze medal suspended by a loop from the ribbon. The radiant character of "Victory" is presented with shield and sword in hand. The rear of the medal features the arching text "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION" set over the shield of the United States. The allied powers are printed to either side of the shield. Six stars adorn the lower edge of the medal in an arch arrangement.


    Award Criteria:

    Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards. Various "battle clasps" were also issued depending on campaign recipient fought in. General "theater clasps" were also given to those no able to receive a battle clasp.