United States of America.Selective Service medal World War Two.
Bronze medal, one and one quarter inches in diameter, with an integral knob suspension. It is suspended from the ribbon by a single ring. The obverse bears the seal of the Selective Service System, an eagle facing left, a shield on its breast bearing the letters S S S. The eagle holds arrows in its left claw and laurel leaves in its right. Above the eagle are thirteen stars, representing the original colonies. Around the perimeter are the words SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM across the top and WORLD WAR II across the bottom. Two stars flank the bottom inscription. The reverse has the incuse inscription AWARDED IN THE NAME OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR FAITHFUL AND LOYAL SERVICE in six lines. Space is left blank at the bottom, suitable for engraving. Complete with correct pin clasp & ribbon in very good condition.
The Selective Service System was the agency that administered the military draft during World War II. More than 100,000 people served in the Selective Service System, most as volunteers. Selective Service personnel served on local draft boards, advisory boards, appeal boards, medical advisory and registrant advisory boards, and state boards. They served as directors, clerks, and examiners. They worked as government appeals agents, reemployment committeemen, examining physicians, dentists, medical field agents, social workers, and many other positions.
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