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World War II Victory Medal with ribbon and box awarded to a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2011.75.11 a-b

World War II Victory Medal and box awarded to David C. Porter, who served in the US Army in Germany from February 1945 to July 1946. The campaign medal was issued to Armed Forces members who served at least one day of honorable, active service between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946. David, 18, was deployed in February 1945 to join troops of the 102nd Infantry Division in combat in Germany. By the end of the war in May, David was a mortar crew chief for Company A, 26th Infantry Regiment. David and other members of the 102nd were selected to serve as guards for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Its purpose was to seek justice for crimes against humanity, evidenced by the Holocaust, perpetrated by Nazi Germany. David was assigned to guard prisoners being prosecuted during the Trial of Major German War Criminals for crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. David was promoted to Sergeant in September. He guarded the defendants in their cells and then was assigned to stand guard in the courtroom during the proceedings. David returned to the US and was honorably discharged in July 1946. The trial lasted from November 1945 to August 1946. Verdicts were delivered on October 1, 1946: twelve defendants were sentenced to death; three to life imprisonment; four to prison terms ranging from 10-20 years; three were acquitted.

commemoration:  1941-1945
issue:  1946-2010
Military Insignia
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ethel P. Kemmerer
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:23
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