France - Pacific Ocean Colony of New Caledonia - Medal of Honour for Courage and Dedication - Medaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Devouemont, Lifesaving Award, 5th Class in Bronze, together with original ribbon. Extremely Rare.

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France - Pacific Ocean Colony of New Caledonia - Medal of Honour for Courage and Dedication - Medaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Devouemont, Lifesaving Award, 5th Class in Bronze, together with original ribbon. Extremely Rare. Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine. Of the highest rarity, today, this innocuous little medal with its tri-color ribbon does not draw much attention. In fact, its very appearance can easily lead the viewer to conclude it to be of no significance. In the early years, the award seemed to be primarily a maritime recognition for sea rescues. In time though, the system was expanded to recognize all acts of bravery on a systematic basis. This is one of the rarest of the French Colonial awards, though a new reference work has recently appeared on the award written by Edward Emering and Hendrik Meersschaert. Any person who risks his or her life to come to the rescue of one or many persons in danger, may be recognized with the medal. When the act of rescue does not warrant award of the medal, a letter of congratulations for a successful rescue or an honorable mention for a recognized meritorious act in the form of an official certificate type scroll may be granted, and the Bronze Grade of the medal is awarded if the rescuer exposed himself or herself to a life threatening condition, or to lesser risk if previously awarded a letter of congratulations and an honorable mention.  


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