The Legion of Merit Medal (LOM)
Starting back in 2009 the Brothers had discussed creating an award to encourage service to the SUVCW and the Camp. As in most organizations it is sometimes hard to get the manpower to get things done. Many felt we needed a system to encourage and reward service by the Brothers of the Camp.
At the October meeting on 10-1-2011 the medal for the Order of the Legion of Merit was presented to the Camp. As one can see from the photograph (medal at full size) it is a very beautiful award. With its bright red neck ribbon, 1.75 inch medallion and portrait of Col. George L. Willard it is an outstanding symbol of a Brother’s commitment to service. As it appears in the photograph the medal depicts the first level of membership in the Legion, that is, the rank of “Legionnaire Third Class” and requires the accumulation of 3000 points for service to, or for, the Camp.
The original concept was around for some time before the first document was introduced to the Brothers on 11-6-2010 by the previous Camp Commander Robert C. Hensel. Since then numerous discussion have taken place about the award and the make-up of the system for accumulating points. In January 2011 a score card was given out to all members present at the monthly meeting. At the time it was decided that 100 points would be given for attendance at our regular meetings or short events and 200 points for approved activities of two hours or more. The Brothers use an honor system in assigning points and have another Camp member “sign off” on their card. At each level, and there are ten, the Brother will receive uniquely designed certificate. It will be the Brother’s choice to purchase the medal which will sell for $24.50. As the Brother goes up in levels, stars will be added and the ribbon color will change but the medal will remain the same.
The medal was struck by Northwest Territorial Mint in Dayton, NV (www.nwtmint.com) with Darrell Johnson at the mint assisting the medal’s designer, Brother Robert P. Keough. Brother Keough solicited input and suggestions from Brothers Dziewulski and LeMay prior to final design submission to Northwest. At the October meeting Commander Dziewulski strongly encouraged Brothers to get involved with Camp activities and begin earning their way up the levels of the Legion of Merit.
Legion of Merit (LOM) Point Chart and Related Member Levels
Points Medal, Ribbon and Star Levels
3000 Legionnaire 3rd Class medal with red ribbon
6000 Legionnaire 2nd Class metal with red ribbon plus 1 star
9000 Legionnaire 1st Class metal with red ribbon plus 2 stars
12000 Legionnaire Officer 3rd Class medal with white ribbon
15000 Legionnaire Officer 2nd Class medal with white ribbon plus 1 star
18000 Legionnaire Officer 1st Class medal with white ribbon plus 2 stars
21000 Commandant of the Legion of Merit 3rd Class medal with blue ribbon
24000 Commandant of the Legion of Merit 2nd Class medal with blue ribbon plus 1 star
27000 Commandant of the Legion of Merit 1st Class medal with blue ribbon plus 2 stars
30000 Grand Commandant of the Legion of Merit with red, white, and blue ribbon with basic medal and six (6) stars
40000 Sentinel of the Order (Highest Award) 2.5 inch star of the order with a 3 inch blue, red or gold rosette (camp, department or national office held)