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War Worker's Medal

War Worker’s Medal

Designer: Lee F. Conrey
(American, 1883-1976)
Mfg.: Whitehead & Hoag, 1918

A bronze war worker’s ribbon badge was commissioned by the Supreme Council to recognize the patriotic service of all Knights of Columbus workers of World War I. Every man and woman who took an active part in the relief work was acknowledged.

Obverse: A K of C Secretary at the front administering to a wounded doughboy in the Argonne Forest, France. The reverse carries the recognition of service.

Chaplain's Medal

Chaplain’s Medal

Bronze, c. 1918-1919
After William Balfour-Ker (American, 1877-1918)
Mfg.: Whitehead & Hoag, c.1918-19
Gift of Nashua (N.H.) Council 122

Commissioned Catholic chaplains were provided by the National Catholic War Council (NCWC). They were augmented by auxiliary chaplains who were funded by the Knights of Columbus. Because the Knights’ chaplains were not part of the military, most of their service was behind the lines.

The Order chose to recognize the patriotic labors of these chaplains by the presentation of this commemorative medal.

Obverse: Modeled after the $3 million war relief poster depicting a Catholic chaplain leading servicemen in prayer at the battlefront.