World War II Legion Of Merit Medal

May 2, 2013

Hello again! I am very happy to share a few medals from my personal collection and some that are currently for sale on my ebay store. I hope you enjoy my comparison of the 1942-1944 Legion of Merit Medal.

 

AVERAGE PRICE:
(From My Experiences)

The price varies by the condition, the recipient named on the medal or number on the brooch.

$100-$500

Low end being a 1944 LOM - High end being a numbered or named 1942 LOM

INFORMATION:

The medal was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 40, dated August 5, 1942. Executive Order 9260, dated October 29, 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, established the rules for the Legion of Merit and required the President's approval for the award. However, in 1943, at the request of General George C. Marshall, approval authority for U.S. personnel was delegated to the War Department.
The reverse of the medal has the motto taken from the Great Seal of the United States, "ANNUIT COEPTIS" ("He [God] Has Favored Our Undertakings") and the date "MDCCLXXXII" (1782) which is the date of America's first decoration, the Badge of Military Merit, now known as the Purple Heart. The ribbon design also follows the pattern of the Purple Heart ribbon.

 

MARKINGS: 1942 LEGIONNAIRE

Thick enamel, Gold Gilt Sterling Silver full wrapped brooch numbered, welded medal loop, UV negative ribbon drape. Here is a 1942 Legion of Merit Numbered 14035 to GENERAL JAMES FRANCIS COLLINS.

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

 

MARKINGS: 1943 LEGIONNAIRE

Thick enamel, Gold Gilt Sterling Silver full wrapped brooch un-numbered, welded medal loop, UV negative ribbon drape.

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

 

MARKINGS: 1944 LEGIONNAIRE

Thin enamel, slotted sewn brooch, un-numbered, welded medal loop, UV negative ribbon drape.

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

Legion Of Merit Medal

 

FURTHER READING:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of_Merit

CLINTON FOSTER
www.MEDALMULISHA.com

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