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POW Camp Cmdr Legion of Merit Medal / Wrap Brooch
Two 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.
- Connecticut National Guard Faithful Service Medal, the reverse numbered "No. 1284" and finely engraved "1st Sgt. Victor W. Phelps Co. A 102nd Inf."
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