THE AMERICAN MEDALS, AWARDS AND INSIGNIA OF WWII -
Awards and decorations of the United States Military are military decorations which recognize
service and personal accomplishments while a member of the United States armed forces. Together
with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service
A military decoration is a decoration given to military personnel or units for heroism in battle
or distinguished service. They are designed to be worn on military uniform.
Several new medals, badges and awards were introduced during WWII. Items such as paratrooper wings, glider wings, campaign
medals were created during the conflict. many of these designs remain in use today.
A campaign medal is a military decoration which is awarded to a member of the military who serves in a designated
military operation or performs duty in a geographical theater. Campaign medals are very similar to service medals but
carry a higher status as the award usually involves deployment to a foreign region or service in a combat zone.
This page provides a comprehensive study of the various medals, badges and awards that were
employed during WWII. The photographs and information allow for the identification of the
medals and badges. A comprehensive price evaluation outlines what the collectibles are worth
in today's market. Provided to you courtesy of
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provider of military antiques and collectibles for education facilities, museums and
the public in general.
The same type of medal can have different manufacturing characteristics.
The medals of the US armed forces have gone through a series of manufacturing changes
over the years. This section provides a comprehensive study of such changes.