Kingdom of Belgium
Medal of Volunteers

Display Recognition

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      • Sample Display Recognition
      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
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      • Sample Display Recognition:

        Military Branches

        Ground Combat Service Army and Marine Corps

        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have four display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the following:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214 clearly displaying a combat service award or recognition for service in Korea, 1950 to 1954.
      • NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $10.50 USPS $24.50
        Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50

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      • ** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
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      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


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        Email: Kingdom of Belgium Medal of Volunteers Display Recognition Inquiry

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        Issue Regulations
        Kingdom of Belgium Medal of Volunteers

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        PUGNATOR - This medal was created the day after the Medaille du Volontaire de Guerre Combattant by the Royal Decree of 8 April 1952 (M.B. of 27 April 1952) to be awarded to Belgium citizens and foreigners (Allied personnel) who served in combat on the ground druing the Korean War. The Royal Decree of 16 November 1953 (M.B. of 22 November 1953) determined the ribbon and issues of clasp in bronze and the Royal Decree of 2 December 1953 (M.B. 13 December 1953) announced the above dated or named clasp in silver.


        Awarded to Belgium citizens and foreigners who volunteered for the Belgium forces for the Korean War before 31 March 1953 and who contributed to the execution of any measures determined by the Security Council of the United Nations and actually participated in combat. The certificate of the `Medaille du Volontaire de Guerre 1952 Combattant' is issued by the Ministry of National Defence to all individuals qualified and also states which clasps are awarded. The medal was also issued posthumously. Personnel who already held the `Medaille du Volontaire de Guerre 1946' and also qualified for this medal were aloud to wear both. Variants

        The medals were manufactured at different Belgium mints, i.e. Fibru, De Greef, etc, using different dies hence the following variations:- Type 1: obverse - The figure with a bare torso looking right is approximately 50% larger. The large V is smaller recessed with eight glory rays also recessed between the arms of the V and the sword in the figures right hand is thinner. The wording on this variant is J.DEMART below the figures left hand on the plain portion with the letter B just above, both are engraved in 1.25mm high letters. reverse - As the normal medal, except the lettering and lion are larger and less well defined. The top of the second O in VOLONTARIIS has been ground away to read VOLUNTARIIS in 3.8mm high letters.

        Type 2: OBVERSE - As the type 1 variant except the figure is slightly larger and is not so well defined. The sword is at a different angle and the bottom plain portion is only 6mm deep. There is no letter B engraved above J.DEMART.

        REVERSE - Reads VOLUNTARIIS in 3.3mm high letters with the lettering and lion better defined.

        Type 3: obverse - The figure with a bare torso looking right is slightly smaller than the type 1 variant but better defined. The large V is recessed, with eight glory rays between the arms of the V in relief. The only wording is JDD in 1.5mm letters in relief, just below the figures left hand and above the plain portion. reverse - As type 1 but the circumscription reads .VOLONTARIIS. in 3.3mm high letters

        Type 4: obverse - The torso is slightly smaller than the type 1 variant, with no letter B engraved on the medal. reverse - As the type 1 variant, with the circumscription 1940 1945

        Clasps: A - Dimensions of the numerals or letters differ. B - The background of the clasp either smooth or rough. C - The sheen of the metal may differ. D - Clasps may be slide on type, or pin type fixation to the ribbon.

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