World War II Victory Medal
The World War II Victory Medal was established by Congress on 6 July 1945 and was awarded to all military personnel who served in the armed forces between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946. The medal features an image of Lady Liberty, dressed in classical garb, her foot resting on an ancient helmet, with a broken sword held in her hands. The sun is rising behind her foot, with rays extending behind her. On either side of her are the words "WORLD" and "WAR II." The reverse features a laurel leaf across the center of the medal, with "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" above it and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" below it. This design is encircled by "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1941 1945." The medal is suspended by a medal ring from a ribbon with a red center and a rainbow pattern of colors on either end. The rainbow pattern mirrors the colors used in 1919 for the World War I Victory Medal.
From DPL: William "Billy" Murry Jr. was born on February 26, 1925 in El Reno, Oklahoma and enlisted in the Army at Denver, Colorado on April 16, 1943. At the time of enlistment, Murry had completed grammar school, was unmarried and employed as a sheet metal worker. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado and was as a member of Headquarters of the 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company and Company F of the 86th Infantry Regiment; and Company I and Headquarters Company of the 85th Infantry Regiment. Murry was also stationed at Camp Swift, Texas before being sent to Italy. During the Italian Campaign Murry received the Silver Star Medal for his actions at Torre Iussi on April 14, 1945 and was wounded in action at Riva del Garda on May 2, 1945. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Murry died on January 30, 2006 in Grand Rapids, Minn.
On front: WORLD WAR II
On back (around center design): UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1941 1945
On back (center design): FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT / FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION