Medal, World War I Victory Medal


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The World War I Victory Medal is a service medal of the United States military that was created in 1919 and presented to members of U.S. military services who served in World War I. After 1947 the World War I medal was sometimes referred to as the "Victory Medal (WWI)" following the creation of a similar medal for World War II servicemembers.

The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for service between 06 April 1917 and 11 November 1918 or with either of the following expeditions:

(1) American Expeditionary Forces in European Russia, between 12 November 1918 and 05 August 1919.

(2) American Expeditionary Forces Siberia, between 23 November 1918 and 01 April 1920.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by the family of Robert S. Sanford


  • Copper Alloy
  • Silk
  • Protective Coating
  • Solder


3-D: 3.8 × 1.1 × 9.2cm (1 1/2 × 7/16 × 3 5/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

World War I Victory Medal; Obverse: relief of Goddess Nike "Winged Victory" with sword and shield depicted; Reverse: relief of a shield and a fascine depicted; 3 bronze campaign claps on ribbon with raised letter text. Rainbow striped ribbon; pin back.


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