The bronze 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 gods 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
The 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
The following are authorized components
and related items:
a. Medal (regular
size): MIL-DTL-3943/237. Medal set with full size medal and ribbon bar. NSN
b. Medal (miniature):
MIL-DTL-3943/237. Available commercially.
MIL-DTL-11589/149. NSN 8455-00-257-0577. Available
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.