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WWII Asiatic–Pacific Campaign medal ribbon bar

Catalog Data

Issued by:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Medium:
metal and ribbon
Dimensions:
H x W: 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 5/16 in. (1 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm)
Type:
ribbon bars
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1942-1946
Caption:
Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard Regiment and nicknamed the "Harlem Hellfighters," the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of World War I and the first Allied troops to reach the banks of the Rhine. Upon completion of the 369th’s service in the war, the regiment had spent 191 days in combat, the longest of any American regiment. In appreciation for their actions in the Maison-en-Champagne campaign, the 369th was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for acts of bravery in conflicts against the enemy. In addition to this honor, 171 individual members of the 369th Regiment were awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. The 369th Regiment finished their service in Europe and returned to the US in February 1919.
Description:
An Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal. The ribbon is yellow with a central stripe of blue, white and red. Between the center and the edges is a stripe of white, red, and white. The back has a safety pin clasp.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gina R. McVey, Granddaughter
Object number:
2011.108.5
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Awards and Medals
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd56cb6818c-7363-40d5-87b8-76196f2af0d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.108.5