A very nice original US WWI Victory Medal complete with three campaign clasps (Somme, Offensive - Ypres-Lys - Defensive Sector) on original ribbon.
The Victory Medal was awarded to military personnel for service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918, or with either of the following expeditions:
- American Expeditionary Forces in European Russia between November 12, 1918, and August 5, 1919.
- American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia between November 23, 1918, and April 1, 1920.
Award of a common allied service medal was recommended by an inter-allied committee in March 1919. Each allied nation would design a 'Victory Medal' for award to their military personnel, all issues having certain common features, including a winged figure of victory on the obverse and the same ribbon.
The Victory Medal was originally intended to be established by an act of Congress. The bill authorizing the medal never passed, however, thus leaving the military departments to establish it through general orders. The War Department published orders in April 1919, and the Navy in June of the same year.