Posted 12 years ago
Here are more of the old French medals in my glass frame case. I did not find a categoty to display this page in. I do not know how many times I walked by these medals displayed on a wll in my parent's home without looking twice. My dad has passed away and I wish I had asked him for their history. They have been in the family for as long as we can remember. I post them here with the hopes of finding out more information about them. The first two pictures show really small medals. You can see them displayed on another page as a complete set with the full frame and this gives you a good idea of their small size. The one with the green color reads: "VIVE LE ROI" (long live the king).
Picture #3 I wish to thank Savoychina1, another collector here who responded with a link to some of these medals and I am speechless about the facts pertaining to this medal. I copied and pasted this info below:
"- Médaille Militaire - This medal ( the medal on the link provided) is roughly the French counterpart to the Distinguished Conduct Medal. It was awarded only to general officers in charge of armies, admirals in charge of fleets, or non-commissioned officers who distinguished themselves in war. The medal was instituted on 22 January 1852 during the reign of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of the 2nd Republic. The example shown is as issued between 1870-1940 (French 3rd Republic)"
I am amazed to find these details and to have these medals right here in my home. And to think my ancestors were awarded these medals!!!!