Neat find Joe!
PS: Thanks for adding the cable reel to provide size perspective. 👍
Very cool piece of history.
Very nice Joe,
It was clear from these medals that The Pennsy really appreciated the military service of their employees in what was known as The Great War. Thanks for sharing.
A bronze plaque was mounted in the old (1910) Chicago & North Western Station in downtown Chicago, which honored WWI and WWII C&NW veterans. It now resides at the Illinois RR Museum, which is fitting. But....I find it a little bit revolting that the folks who modernized the NW Station could not retain the plaque and pay proper homage to the veterans.
I thought of that one, too. I remember seeing it many times passing through with my mom to visit relatives to Western Pennsylvania in the 1960's-70's
I have that exact same medal given by the PRR to my great grandfather and passed down to me.
Interestingly, in the U.K. the railroads (oops! I mean "railways") gave their employees similar badges to employees who did NOT served in the military. In Britain in WW1 it was expected that every man who could serve would volunteer, but some volunteers were rejected because they worked in defense-related work like railroading or munitions factories etc.. The badge was given to employees who had volunteered but were turned down, showing they weren't shirkers.