These medals are brass strikes with the US seal on the front and engraved on the reverse "Awarded in the name of the Congress of the United States for faithful and loyal service." The case is a cardboard version of the "coffin" style cases often seen holding WWII medals, with a less-than-sturdy hinge and nice velvet backing. What is fantastic is that there are brass catches to hold the medal and ribbon bar in place.
In doing a little bit of research, I have noticed that there really is not a whole lot of information on the Selective Service Medal available on the web. I have been unable to find the exact dates that the medal was authorized, though it was sometime after the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 and ceased in the years after WWII. Since civilians ran the draft boards locally, few enlisted men and officers ever had these on their ribbon bars. There are a number of General Staff officers, however, that were awarded the Selective Service Medal for organizing and supervising the draft.
|General Lewis B. Hershey awarding the Selective Service Medal to Tom C. Clark (see below)|
If anyone uncovers some more information on these medals, please let me know! I am looking to learn the dates that they were issued and the qualifying service one must have performed in order to earn it. But in the meantime it will sit on the shelf to represent the means through which our country raised its fighting forces in World War II.