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  • United States. Two Service Awards
  • United States. Two Service Awards
  • United States. Two Service Awards
  • United States. Two Service Awards

Item: W5305

United States. Two Service Awards

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United States. Two Service Awards

Soldier's Medal (in bronze, measuring 35.5 mm (w) x 35.5 mm (h), spotting and contact marks); and Purple Heart (two-piece construction, in bronze gilt with purple, red, white and green enamels, measuring 35 mm (w) x 43.5 mm (h), original ribbon with brooch pinback, intact enamels). Very fine and extremely fine, respectively.
 
Footnote: The Soldier's Medal is an individual decoration of the United States Army. It was introduced as Section 11 of the Air Corps Act, passed by the Congress of the United States on July 2, 1926. The criteria for the medal are: "The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, including Reserve Component soldiers not serving in a duty status at the time of the heroic act, distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving conflict with an enemy." The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members.

 

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