Friday, October 4, 2013


The military medal was founded by the President of the Republic (Louis Napoleon), and to it he assigned one of the national castles as an educational establishment for the daughters, or needy orphan girls, of those honoured with it. Each possessor of the medal receives a pension of one hundred francs.

It consists (by decree, 29th February, 1852) of silver of about one inch in diameter. The front shows the effigy of Louis Napoleon inscribed with his name, while the centre of the reverse contains the motto : "Valeur et Discipline", and over all is seen an eagle. (Nos. 7 and 8). It is worn upon the left breast suspended by a yellow ribbon with green borders.

The medal is given :
1. To sub-officers, soldiers and sailors on re-entering the service after a discharge or retirement.
2. To all whose names are mentioned in the Army Orders.
3. To those who have received several wounds before the enemy, or on other occasions in the service.
4. To all who have distinguished themselves by courageous deeds as mere officials in the army, without pay or rank, such as military agents, &c.

Source : the book of orders of knighthood and decorations of honour of all nations, sir Bernard BURKE, 1858

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