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World War II Medals

Military medals are a fascinating collectible and a true marker of someone’s dedication to the subject. Some medals issued in World War II are the same today, like the Purple Heart; however, there are campaign medals from Europe, Africa, and the Pacific unique to this war that were never issued again, making them rare and valuable collectibles.

Other rare and unique medals are from the countries and political movements that collapsed during the Second World War. These medals include those issued by the Nazi forces, as well as the fascist Italian regime. Some medals issued to soldiers for acts of valor are often more valuable with proven provenance.


Quick Facts

  • The Africa/Middle East Campaign medal is a bronze medal that features a portrait of a LST, or Landing Ship Tank
  • While no official numbers are recorded for Purple Hearts, there were 946,000 service men and women who qualified for the award
  • George H.W. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry during World War II

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Sellers Who Sell World War II Medals


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Smalls Auctions

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