WW1 Mothers Medal
Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:33 PM
The two examples I have are interesting to say the least. A single star is on one medal and the second medal has two stars. They are both numbered on the reverse and they are almost 1,000 away from each other in sequence! The double star medal is numbered 6145 and the single star is numbered 7142.
If anyone has any information or other examples they'd like to share please do.
Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:07 PM
[font="Comic Sans MS"]These two medal are both from the city of Toledo. I have been unsuccessful in finding out any information regarding these particular medals, or any mothers medal from other locations for that matter. But given that these medals were issued to mothers of soldiers I have deduced (Sherlock would be proud) that the star(s) on the bar represent number of sons.
The Mothers of Defenders of Liberty medal was handed out in many cities during World War I. A company in Rochester, New York made them and they may have sold direct to cities.
The stars do represent "number of sons" AND daughters. My wife's great-grandmother had three sons in the military in WWI and one daughter who was an Army nurse in France: she was the only one of the four to come under fire! This is their mothers flag from WWI (it had been packed away unknown to the family until last October when I found it in a box in my mother-in-law's basement):
There is no Mothers Medal pinned to it but it does have the "SS Legion" pin of the Service Star Legion, an organization of mothers of sons (and daughters) in the military (that organization was around at least through the late 1920's and in WWII a similar new organization was founded: Blue Star Mothers of America).
Blue "Service Stars" represented children in the military: gold stars children who had been killed in the war.
The Blue Stars Mothers group has a history of the service star flags here: http://web.membercli...t...&orgId=bsma
Posted 05 September 2009 - 03:19 PM
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