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"The Medal That Never Was”….Is

In 1965 the Dominican Republic was in turmoil. A leftist revolution broke out that would have succeeded had it not been for an American military intervention in cooperation with the Organization of American States or OAS. All successful military actions, as we all know, should be commemorated with a medal. To honor the participants of this campaign the Inter-American Peace Medal For Merit was designed with a Spanish legend and inscription and showing the western hemisphere. The design was rejected however by the Department of the Army (US) causing Evans Kerrigan in his American Medals And Decorations book, to label this as “the medal that never was” while conceding that copies of it do exist in some collections. Illustrated here is one of those medals that can be found existing in my collection.“