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Medal of Military Merit
1954 - 1989
|The Medal of Military Merit was
instituted in 2 classes on June 10, 1954 with decree No. 211.
This was a long service and good conduct medal with class II awarded
for 5 years of service, class I for 10 years of service.
The obverse of the medal is
composed of a wreath encircling a pair of crossed swords. There
is a red enamed star at the bottom, and the letters "R.S.R." , or
The reverse is the same, except that the swords have been replaced with
the words, "MERITUL MILITAR" (Translation: Military Merit).
The medal is suspended from the distinctive communist tri-fold
ribbon. It is light blue flanked with dark blue on the edges. A
single thin white
stripe runs down the middle of the ribbon.
The 2 classes of the medal were differentiated by the color of the
medallion. Class I was in
gold (gilt), class II was silvered.
There are 2 types of this medal. The 'type 1' medals were awarded
under the Romanian People's
Rebublic (R.P.R.) R.P.R. can be seen at the top of the medallion.
Type 2 displays the letters R.S.R. (Romanian Socialist
In all there are 4 variations of the medal:
Stefan; Serbanescu, Neculae; and Dumitrascu, Bedivan. Romania Decoratii 1859-1991;
Realizat Prin Cover; 1992.
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