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Boxed WWI Congressional Texas Cavalry Medal
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With the entry of the United States into World War I, the state of Texas raised two brigades of Cavalry with the expectation that these men would serve in the war. However, they were not called into Federal service and, as such, they were not entitled to receive the World War I Victory Medal awarded by the United States Government. As a result, in 1924 the Congress created a medal to be awarded to those individuals who had served in the Texas Cavalry brigades, a total of 840 men. It became the only federal medal awarded to state troops to mark their service. The medal is a wrap brooch style, contained within its original purple cardboard box, with the enamel lapel badge and the original tissue wrappers for the medal and lapel badge. The box shows wear and broken corners on the top.