medal is 1-3/8 inches in width. On the obverse is a figure of Liberation
standing full length with head turned to dexter looking to the dawn of a new
day, right foot resting on a war godís helmet with the hilt of a broken
sword in the right hand and the broken blade in the left hand, the
inscription "WORLD WAR II" placed
immediately below the center. On the reverse are the inscriptions
"FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and
"FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" separated
by a palm branch, all within a circle composed of the words
"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914 1945".
ribbon is 1-3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/8 inch double rainbow
in juxtaposition (blues, greens, yellows, reds (center), yellows greens and blues); 1/32
inch White 67101; center 9/16 inch Old Glory Red 67156; 1/32 inch White; and 3/8 inch
double rainbow in juxtaposition. The rainbow on each side of the ribbon is a miniature of
the pattern used in the WWI Victory Medal.
The WW II Victory Medal was awarded to all military
personnel for service between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946.
The following are authorized components and related
a. Medal (regular size):
MIL-DTL-3943/237. Medal set with full size medal and ribbon bar.
b. Medal (miniature):
MIL-DTL-3943/237. Available commercially.
c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/149.
NSN 8455-00-257-0577. Available commercially.
d. Streamer: The WW II Victory
Medal ribbon is not used as a streamer by the Army. The
Navy and Marine Corps does use the
ribbon design for a streamer.
a. The World War II Victory Medal was established by an Act
of Congress on 6 July 1945 (Public Law 135, 79th Congress) and promulgated by
Section V, War Department Bulletin 12, 1945.
b. The medal was
designed by Mr. Thomas H. Jones and approved by the Secretary of War on 5
c. The Congressional authorization for the World War
II Victory Medal included members of the Armed Forces of the Government of
the Philippine Islands. It also specified the ending date would be the date
of the termination of hostilities as proclaimed by the President. President
Truman officially ended the state of hostilities on 31 December 1946.