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World War II Victory Medal, ribbon and presentation box owned by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2005.416.4 a-b

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    Brief Narrative
    World War II Victory Medal that belonged to Irving H. Rosenberg, who served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. The campaign medal was issued to members of the Armed Forces who served at least one day of honorable, active service between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. Rosenberg was a medic with the 46th Armored Medical Battalion, attached to the 4th Armored Division, which, in 1945, liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
    commemoration:  1941-1945
    issue: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lynn Brunskill
    a. front, right, embossed : WORLD /
    a. front, left, embossed : WWII
    a. reverse, in circle around border, embossed : UNITED.STATES.OF.AMERICA.1941.1945.
    a. reverse, center above feather, embossed : FREEDOM / FROM FEAR AND WANT
    a. reverse, center below feather, embossed : FREEDOM OF SPEECH / AND RELIGION
    Subject: Irving H. Rosenberg
    Irving H. Rosenberg, born in 1908 and from Brooklyn, New York, enlisted in the United States Army in November 1941. He served as a medic in the 46th Armored Medical Battalion, 4th Armored Division, during World War II. Rosenberg was deployed to France in 1944 and saw action in France and Germany. His battalion is known for its role in the Battle of the Bulge and for the liberation of Ohrdruf concentration camp, a subcamp of Buchenwald, in Germany. Rosenberg was wounded in the line of duty during the war and twice commended for his courage and devotion to duty during combat in France in September 1944. Rosenberg is believed to have died in Essex, New Jersey, in the 1980s.

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    a. Circular, bronze-colored medal with an attached ribbon. The front has an embossed image of a woman in a long robe and breastplate, Liberty, with her right foot resting on a helmet, a sign of war. In her outstretched right hand is a broken sword blade, and in her left hand, the hilt. There is English text beneath each hand and rays radiate behind the figure. On the back is embossed English text. A metal suspension ring attaches the ribbon which has a repeating pattern of a central wide red stripe flanked by this row of stripes: narrow white, purple, blue, green, yellow, narrow red, yellow, green, blue, and purple. A pin is connected to the ribbon, which has been folded and then inserted through a metal bracket.
    b. Rectangular cardboard box and lid covered with blue paper textured to resemble leather. The lid has a small edge indentation to open it. A white manufacturer's label is glued to the base underside.
    a: Height: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm) | Width: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm) | Diameter: 1.380 inches (3.505 cm)
    b: Height: 3.750 inches (9.525 cm) | Width: 2.375 inches (6.033 cm) | Depth: 0.625 inches (1.588 cm)
    a : metal, ribbon
    b : cardboard, paper, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The medal and presentation box were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Lynn Brunskill.
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    2023-08-28 10:28:27
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