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Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom From Fear
Freedom From Want
Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" posters were printed by the U. S. Government Printing Office for the Office of War Information.  They are Copyright 1943 SEPS:  The Curtis Publishing Co., Agent.  They were taken from The National Archives Powers of Persuasion - Poster Art From Word War II.

Norman Rockwell's paintings of the Four Freedoms succeeded in raising more than $133 million in war-bond purchases.

[Source:  The Norman Rockwell Museum]
The Bronze medal is 1 3/8 inches in width. On the obverse is a figure of Liberation standing full length with head turned to dexter looking to the dawn of a new day, right foot resting on a war god’s helmet with the hilt of a broken sword in the right hand and the broken blade in the left hand, the inscription "WORLD WAR II" placed immediately below the center. On the reverse are the inscriptions "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" separated by a palm branch, all within a circle composed of the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1941 - 1945."

The World War II Victory Medal was established by an Act of Congress on 6 July 1945 (Public Law 135, 79th Congress) and promulgated by Section V, War Department Bulletin 12, 1945.  

Designed by Mr. Thomas H. Jones and approved by the Secretary of War on 05 February, 1946. 

The medal was awarded to all military personnel for service between 07 December, 1941 and 31 December, 1946.   

[Source:   The Price of Freedom, Americans at War.]    
Photo of medal belonging to Gerald O. Day
[Photograph of President Roosevelt courtesy of The FDR Presidential Library and Museum.  Copyright Free.]  

["Four Freedoms" speech found in The Congressional Record,  77th Congress, first session 1941, Volume  87, Part 1,  45 - 47.]
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FDR's annual message to Congress on the State of the Union:  06 January, 1941:
WWII Victory Medal header
WWII Victory Medal
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scan of poster titled Freedom From Fear
scan of poster titled Freedom of Speech
scan of poster titled  Freedom From Want
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photograph of  WWII Victory Medal belonging to Gerald O. Day - back
photograph of  WWII Victory Medal belonging to Gerald O. Day - front
Back of medal belonging to Gerald O. Day
photograph of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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