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German civilian war service medallion

Object | Accession Number: 1995.124.23

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    German civilian war service medallion


    Brief Narrative
    War service medal awarded to civilians who performed with merit tasks connected with production of war materials. The ribbon was black with white side stripes and adjoining red edges; in center of ribbon was a narrow red stripe. It was obtained during Zaro Calabrese's service in Europe in WWII.
    issue:  1939
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zaro Calabrese
    Subject: Zaro Calabrese
    Rosario "Zaro" Calabrese served as a member of the 3rd US Cavalry Group, which was attached to the 4th Armored Division of the US Army. The 4th Division landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on July 11, 1944 and entered combat in France. They played a significant role in the breakout from the Normandy beachhead and the liberation of France in 1944, and then fought their way through Germany. On April 4, 1945, they liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp, a subcamp of Buchenwald, the first concentration camp to be liberated by American troops. General Eisenhower visited the camp on April 12. When Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, the Division was in Czechoslovakia. The 4th was placed on occupation duty until inactivated on April 26, 1946. Zaro settled in New Jersey.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Circular, bronze, on recto: swastika and cross, on verso: "fur kriegs-verdienst 1939"
    overall: | Diameter: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    The medallion was donated to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Zaro Calabrese in 1995.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 10:37:45
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