World War Two Victory Medal

The World War Two Victory Medal was instituted by the US Congress July 6th, 1945, Public Law, 79th Congress in memory of any member of the American Armed Forces, including members of the Philippine Armed Forces who had been on active service or in reserve between December 7th, 1941 and December 31st, 1946.
Initially, the decoration was introduced as a ribbon and was named Victory Ribbon. In 1946 however, a medel was added as the World War Two Victory Medal.
The award consists of a bronze medal, 1,37" in diameter and was designed by Mr. Thomas M. Jones. The design was approved on February 5th, 1946. The obverse of the medal depicts the goddess of peace, Nike, looking at the rising sun and holding a broken sword, representing the broken power of the Axis nations.
Beneath her right foot, the helmet of he god Ajax is depicted, representing the end of hostilies. Behind her is the rising sun, representing the coming of peace. Next to her, the text World War II is engraved.
The reverse of the medal shows the Four Freedom lines: "Freedom from Fear and Want" and "Freedom of Speeech and Religion", as declared by President Roosevelt and separated by a palm branch. Around it, the text "United States of America" and the yesr "1941-1945" are engraved.
The ribbon, 1,37" in width shows a multi colored rainbow on each side, 0,35" in width, derived from the Allied World War I Victory Medal. The inner band in red represents the spilled blood of the soldiers. The narrow white bands between the red band and the rainbow symbolize the rays of hope.
For military units, a banner was instituted which is in use by the US Navy and the US Marine Corps only.
Formally, no period of time has been fixed during which military personell must have served to become eligible for the award. As President Truman had declared that hostilities had ended on December 31st, 1946, it is possible for soldiers to have received the award without having participated in any hostility or even having entered service after May 8th, 1945.

Abele, Mannert Lincoln* July 11th, 1903
August 16th, 1942

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abate, Albert F.29-07-191501-12-2000more 
Abbott, Earl L. "Abby"08-01-191924-01-1945more 
Abbott, William Edwin29-06-192512-12-1944 
Abele, Mannert Lincoln11-07-190316-08-1942more 
Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr.15-09-191404-09-1974more 
Ackley, William J.01-10-1918 more 
Adams, Carlton R.06-04-1908 more 
Adams, George   
Adams, Lucian26-10-192231-03-2003more 
Agerholm, Harold Christ29-01-192507-07-1944more 
Ahad, Iman Marajukin L.09-04-191825-12-1971more 
Aiello, James Joseph27-08-1912 more 
Ainsworth, Ellen Gertrude09-03-191916-02-1944 
Aker, Fred T. 17-04-1945 
Albaugh, Daniel S. 20-03-1945 
Alcantar, Max L.14-12-192125-02-1945 
Alford, Elwin11-10-192214-06-1942 
Alford, William Leonard12-05-1919  
Alleman, Virgil Calvin28-10-191312-06-1942more 
Allen, Edgel  more 
Allender, Thomas Baldwin, Sr.00-00-191300-00-1973 
Allman, Clifford L. 18-02-1945 
Alvis, Samuel   
Amos, Robert00-00-191724-10-1944more 
Amussen, John Russell00-00-192119-05-1945more 
Anderson, Albert00-00-191824-10-1944more 
Anderson, Beauford T. "Andy"06-07-192207-11-1996more 
Anderson, Clarence Emil "Bud"13-01-1922 more 
Anderson, Richard Beatty26-06-192101-02-1944more 
Anderson, Robert Washington09-08-1921 more 
Andrews, Charles Herbert14-05-190807-12-1981more 
Anna, Alfred Leo09-12-1923  
Antolak, Sylvester10-09-191624-05-1944 
Antrim, Richard Nott17-12-190708-03-1969more 
Apperson, Edwin C.13-07-1925  
Apple, Albert B.03-08-192404-11-1945 
Applegate, Elvin C.   
Aquilante, Joseph   
Arlandson, Robert Andrew03-03-192131-12-2007 
Armour, Donald F.23-09-192009-10-2001 
Armstrong Sr., John Leroy "Jack"19-07-192205-09-1954 
Arnold, Henry Harley "Hap"  more 
Arnoult, Carl A.00-00-191801-06-1945more 
Ashton, Clarence Mcallister14-02-192304-09-2011more 
Atkinson, Robert Edward "Ed"18-03-192029-03-1943more 
Aurness, James King26-05-192303-06-2011 
Aurness, James King "Jim"26-05-192303-06-2011more 
Austin, Raymond  more 
Azur, George Joseph21-03-191917-04-1945