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Valeria Lipczynski's Medals

Valeria Lipczynski's Medals

GRHC - 2011

For her efforts on behalf of Poland during World War I, Valeria Lipczynski (she would be referred to as Lipczynska in Polish) was awarded the General Haller medal (on the left) in 1918 for her work among the soldiers of Poland. Haller created, in 1918, a Polish army in which the soldiers who were Polish American numbered about 22,000. This medal was created in two versions: one with word AMERYKA, the other without. The medals were given for work in the Polonia (the term used for Poles living abroad) Organization. Lipczynski received the Polish Golden Service Cross in 1927. The medal on the right, with the eagle, is from the Polish National Alliance. She was awarded medals by both local and national chapters Polish National Aid Society, founded in 1878, later to be called the Polish National Alliance,


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TitleValeria Lipczynski's Medals

Title by cataloger. In Polish her name was Waleria, and it is often seen with this spelling in early newspapers.
With the consent of the United States government she assisted in recruiting a Polish company in Michigan for service in France.
On October 27, 2011 Valeria Lipczynski was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
Thank you to Maciej Adamski of Trzemeszno, Poland for identification and information about the medals.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids MI

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