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WWII Era Legion of Merit Commander Grade Decoration
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A fine example of an earlier Commander Grade of the Legion of Merit, with darkly toned gilt and excellent enamel that is free of chips or cracks. The Legion of Merit was created in 1942 ans the Commander grade is only one of two American military decorations that are worn on neck ribbons, with the other being the Medal of Honor. The Commander grade was intended for award to foreign military officers and it has always been awarded almost exclusively to officers of flag rank. The exceptions are noteworthy, as in the case of British Royal Air force Wing Commander (American equivalent rank of Lieutenant Colonel) Guy Penrose Gibson, who led the famed "Dam Buster" raid of 1943 and was awarded the Victoria Cross by Great Britain.