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Medal and Uniform Identification

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Re: Medal and Uniform Identification

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St. Olavsmedaljen med eikegren'
St. Olav's Medal with Oak Branch.
The St. Olav's Medal was instituted on March 17-1939 as an award for spreading knowledge of Norway abroad to the benefit of the country, and for furthering relations and solidarity between Norway and emigrated Norwegians.

On Febr. 6-1942 it was decided that in a war situation the medal could also be awarded for other services for the country, then on March 22-1943 it was determined that it was to be supplied with a silver oak branch when awarded for personal courage and bravery in the fight for Norway. More branches could be added if the recipient distinguished himself again (from Oct. 6-1943).

The medal is made of silver and has the portrait, name and motto of the reigning king, who was Haakon VII in this case. Here's an example of the "regular" St. Olav's Medal, portraying King Olav V, the son of Haakon
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