On View
Military History Gallery
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
Issued by
United States Congress, American, founded 1789
Received by
Sergeant Charlton, Cornelius H., American, 1929 - 1951
Subject of
United States Army, American, founded 1775
Medal: metal, brass, gold plating, and enamel;
Neck and service ribbons: silk;
Case: plastic, brass, and velvet
Medal: H x W x D: 2 1/4 × 1 1/2 × 1/16 in. (5.7 × 3.8 × 0.2 cm)
Neck Ribbon: H x W: 1 1/4 × 22 in. (3.2 × 55.9 cm)
Service Ribbon: H x W x D: 1 7/16 × 3/8 × 1/8 in. (3.7 × 1 × 0.3 cm)
Case: H x W x D: 6 5/8 × 3 5/16 × 1 1/16 in. (16.8 × 8.4 × 2.7 cm)
The medal (.1a) consists of a gold five pointed star, each point tipped with trefoils, surrounded by a green laurel wreath and suspended from a gold bar inscribed [VALOR], surmounted by an eagle. In the center of the star is Minerva’s head surrounded by the words [UNITED STATES OF AMERICA]. On each ray of the star is a green oak leaf. On the recto, the bar is engraved with [THE CONGRESS TO] with [SGT/CORNELIUS H./CHARLTON/CO C. 24TH INF REGT/25TH INF DIV.USA] engraved on the star.
The neck ribbon (.1b) is blue silk with two snaps on either end for the wearer to attach the ribbon around his neck. The center of the ribbon is covered in blue silk with 13 white stars.
The service ribbon (.2) is a rectangular bar covered in blue silk with five white stars.
The case (.3) has a clear plastic top with blue velvet and gold bordered insert.
Collection title
Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton Collection
Awards and Medals
Korean War, 1950-1953
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ray R. and Patricia A.D. Charlton in memory of Cornelius H. Charlton
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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