WWI VICTORY MEDAL - VFW - 38th INFANTRY - 3rd DIVISION
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See the scans. is a great little pair for the WWI 3rd Division or 38th U.S. Infantry collector, or the society badge collector. This is a Veterans of Foreign Wars Membership Medal with the "38th U.S. Infantry Rock of the Marne" central device. When the V.F.W. was formed before WWI and took in the members of the various Spanish American War veterans' groups, they had several variations of the membership badge. One was the simple VFW obverse, while the 1st, 5th, 7th and 8th Corps from the Spanish American War were represented with small enameled corps badge devices at the center of the VFW membership medal. T was also a variation with the U.S. Navy emblem at the center and another for the Marine Corps, represented by a small USMC emblem. After WWI, one more special piece was allowed for the 38th Infantry, which had achieved fame and glory and the nickname "The Rock of the Marne" for their collective heroism in that July 15, 1918 WWI battle. All of those were phased out for the single membership medal. The 7th Corps medal and the 38th Infantry medal are by far the scarcest variations. This lot also includes a nice 5/8" bronze lapel pin with the same design as the medal. That bears the American Emblem Co. Utica, N.Y. hallmark on the stud.
Today, the 3rd Infantry Division carries on the nickname and proud traditions of the earlier... read more