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POW Camp Commandant Medal Group-Gold Medals / Val 1373.
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A group of four medals awarded to Colonel Victor W. Phelps over a lengthy career in both the United States Army and in the Connecticut National Guard. A copy of a resume prepared by Phelps accompanies the group. It states that he entered the Connecticut National Guard in 1921. During World War II he served as as the commander of a New England prisoner of war camp which held 10,000 prisoners. Following the war he served as the Chief of Criminal Investigation for the Provost Marshal, 8th Army, Occupied Japan. The medal group is comprised of the following items:

- U.S. Legion of Merit, full wrap brooch, officially hand engraved "Victor W. Phelps". There are two small chips to the white enamel on the front of the decoration and some indications of wear to the ribbon.
- A massive medal bearing the designation of the New Haven Grays of the Connecticut National Guard. The medal is in 14 karat gold with a diamond in the obverse. The reverse is engraved "Lt. V.W. Phelps" (37.7 grams in weight with a diamond sized at .15 carat).
- Connecticut shooting medal, in 14 karat gold and enamel, with a suspension bar bearing the date "1925" (11 grams in weight).
- Connecticut National Guard Faithful Service Medal, the reverse numbered "No. 1284" and finely engraved "1st Sgt. Victor W. Phelps Co. A 102nd Inf.". The medal has a 14 karat gold eagle suspension with a "20 Years" designation (10 grams).

The group is accompanied by a letter prepared by a California jeweler and addressed to Victor Phelps in March of 1990, setting forth descriptions of the gold medals, their weight, and estimates of values. The total weight of the gold medals as set forth in the letter is 58.7 grams, with a current value (June of 2017) of $1,373.58.