Mr. Turner, are you certain that one was not eligible to receive the Victory Medal if they did not survive the war? It was my understanding that one was eligible if they served honorably at any time between 7 Dec 1941 and 31 Dec 1946, regardless of when they died. The Victory Medal was authorized by Public Law 135, 79th Congress. Following is what I believe to be the text of such:
"AN ACT Providing for a medal for service in the armed forces during the present war
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War and the Secretary of he Navy are authorized and directed to procure, in numbers sufficient for the purposes of this Act, a medal (and suitable appurtenances) of design and official designation jointly approved by them, to be awarded to all persons who shall have served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or of the Government of the Philippine Islands at any time during the period beginning December 7, 1941, and ending with the date of the termination of hostilities in the present war, and whose service shall have been honorable. The term 'date of the termination of hostilities in the present war' means the date proclaimed by the President as the date of such termination or the date specified in a concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress as the date of such termination whichever is the earlier. The medal may he awarded posthumously and, when so awarded, shall be presented to such representative of the deceased as shall be prescribed in the applicable regulations. Awards shall be made pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy.