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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:08

WWI Victory Medal

WWI Victory Medal
The World War One Victory Medal, originally known just as the Victory Medal, was designed by James Earle Fraser. It was established in 1919 by general orders from the different branches of the military. The United States Congress had intended to create this medal but when the bill was voted on, not enough voters supported it so the idea was cast out of Congress.

In the center of a bronze medallion one and seven-sixteenths inches in diameter, a full-length frontal representation of Winged Victory is shown. She holds a shield in her left hand, and in her right hand she holds a sword. The figure wears a spiked crown. The theme was agreed upon by all allied nations, and each country was expected to produce its own rendering of that theme. Winged Victory was chosen for America and the spiked crown on her head was suggested by the crown on the Statue of Liberty.

The ribbon to the World War I Victory Medal consists of a double rainbow, with red joining in the center. The ribbon is edged with narrow stripes of white. The rainbows were selected to represent a "new era" and the calm after a storm, pertaining to the First World War. It also represents the combined colors of the Allies joined together in a common cause.

The WWI Victory Medal is a decoration that was awarded to all veterans serving from 1917 to 1920 however, the names on the ribbons of the medal tells exactly when and where they fought.

William Arthur Sirmon was among the many men who fought and shed his blood in St. Mihiel, the Defense Sector, and the Meuse-Argonne, otherwise known as the Battle of the Argonne Forrest. When you read, That’s War, you will recognize these places and also notice several other places he fought.

Excerpt from That’s War:

“And to see it! The whole heavens were lighted and were aquiver with the shimmering light from the flashes of cannon. For many miles in every direction the hills were spitting streams of fire. Blades of flame swept along their sides as batteries fired their guns in salvo! An inferno, yes,-but a beautiful one! Thousands of cannon, all pouring out their missiles of destruction, as gun crews, sweating and swearing, kept them firing at maximum capacity. Surely Germany cannot withstand this!
What a lesson was taught me in those brief hours! What a lesson the world should learn from this! What punishment a free people can mete out to its enemy when aroused by unjust attack! Free America was speaking! Mighty America was speaking! I trembled with pride! My America was speaking! And Germany must listen! I stood enthralled while the morning hours passed. I could not move while the great drama unfolded.

At five o’clock this morning our artillery barrage lifted and our infantry jumped off. By noon news was back to us that the Boche were retreating so rapidly our doughboys were being loaded into trucks to overtake them. What a glorious day! I know the end must be near. Now I can sleep; I must sleep, and damn me, I will sleep!”

To read more from the book buy a copy of That’s War!!!


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