Medal, World War II 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 II Victory Medal was first issued as a service ribbon and in 1946, the medal was established. The medal was awarded to any member of the United States armed services, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.

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 Alexander J. Kaylas


  • Copper Alloy
  • Silk
  • Non-Magnetic White Metal Alloy
  • Gold-Colored Plating
  • Solder


3-D: 7.6 × 3.8 × 0.6cm (3 × 1 1/2 × 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

World War II Victory Medal; Obverse: relief of Liberty figure with broken sword depicted; embossed text "WORLD WAR II"; Reverse: embossed text "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1941-1945, FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION"; silk ribbon, center red stripe with rainbow stripes (adopted from the World War I Victory Medal).


AWARDS-Medals & Ribbons

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