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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 10, March 8, 2009, Article 13

QUERY: REFERENCE ON WWI CITY AND STATE MILITARY SERVICE MEDALS

Steve Pellegrini submitted the following query. Can anyone help locate references on these medals? -Editor
I've been having a surprisingly tough time trying to locate a book on a certain aspect of my medals collection. I collect medals from World War I; not military decorations or awards but rather commemoratives, memorials, portraits, propaganda medals, etc. This last year or so I have become interested in collecting the many postwar 'thank you for your service' medals issued by a great many U.S. cities, towns and states. Most were awarded to American vets on their homecoming in 1919-1920.

In all the books in my library I can't find even a whisper about these State and City type medals. Searching Online gets similar results except for info about the national rainbow ribboned Allied Peace & Victory medals that each of the participating countries issued at the armistice.

James Earl Fraser designed ours. But I think these Victory medals have to be considered national military service awards. -- If any of our E-Sylum readers can steer me towards a reference dealing with the civilian medals given by cities and states I sure would appreciate the help.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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