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Medal of Military Merit
"Meritul Militar"
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 "R.P.R."

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 Republic).

In all there are 4 variations of the medal:

Type I (R.P.R)
Class I
Class II

Type II (R.S.R.)
Class I
Class II


Catone, Stefan; Serbanescu, Neculae; and Dumitrascu, Bedivan. Romania Decoratii 1859-1991; Realizat Prin Cover; 1992.

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R.P.R. Medal of Military Merit
Class I
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R.S.R. Medal of Military Merit
Class I
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R.S.R. Medal of
Military Merit
Class II