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July 08, 1945

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, July 8, 1945 

* Presidential Medal of Freedom established 
* President Harry Truman 
* World War II original

This 30+ page newspaper has a small, somewhat discrete one column headline on page 6: "Civilian War Decoration Is Created by Truman"

Tells of President Harry Truman creating the Medal Of Freedom

Although a small inside page report, it is still a 1st report. It is what it is.

Other news of the day with much on World War II. Rag edition in good condition.

wikipedia notes: The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a decoration bestowed by the President of the United States and is, along with the equivalent Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by an act of Congress, the highest civilian award in the United States. It is designed to recognize individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The award is not limited to United States citizens and, while a civilian award, can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom has its roots in the Medal of Freedom established by President Harry Truman in 1945 to honor civilian service during World War II.

Category: The 20th Century