WWII US Army Silver Star Medal -
This is a good example o a WWII era Silver Star medal. The Silver Star was instituted by congress
in 1918. The award is granted to personnel serving in any capacity for gallantry in action.
The box is covered with black plastic. Gold letters on top of the box spell the name of the
award. Notice how the hinge of the box is covered by a flap of black plastic. Often times this
flap would get torn from opening and closing the box many times.
The front of the medal is shaped like a star with a smaller star located in the center of a
wreath. The back of the award reads "for gallentry in action" and provided a small soace where
the name of the recipient could be engraved.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US medals and awards. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined
points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII medal or award worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the medals
is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The body of the medal is attached to the ribbon via a square hanger. The award is a pin back
A ribbon was issued with every award. The box had a space where the ribbon is
This US medal is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this medal.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII medals, you can do so by
going to our WWII US medals
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.