Made in New Jersey

The Fruits of Victory

Three Medals, World War I

Over 140,000 New Jersey residents served in World War I. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, a one-time Governor of New Jersey and president of Princeton University, described it as the “war to end all wars.” Upon returning home from the battlefield, New Jersey soldiers received a special medal from the state for their service. The city of Elizabeth and Union also gave out medals to residents who served. These medals were presented to Captain John Kean, a resident of Liberty Hall, who served in the 313th Machine Gun Battalion and was wounded in action in France in 1918, a month before the Armistice. Captain John’s brother, 1st Lieutenant, Robert Winthrop, also served in the war in the 15th Field Artillery, Battery C.