18 May 1811 Medal

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18 May 1811 Medal
Medalla 18 de Mayo 1811
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18 May 1811 Medal, third class
Awarded by the Commander-in-Chief of the Uruguayan Army
Country  Uruguay
Type Military decoration
Eligibility Uruguayan and foreign military officers and civilians
Awarded for Outstanding achievement and meritorious service bringing credit upon the Uruguayan Army
Status Currently awarded
Established 16 December 1997
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Medal of Military Merit[1]
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Ribbon of the third class medal

The 18 May 1811 Medal (Spanish: Medalla 18 de Mayo 1811) is the second highest military decoration of the Uruguayan Army. The medal was established 16 December 1997 to compliment the Medal of Military Merit, the highest decoration of the Uruguayan Army. The medal is presented in three classes and are awarded based on the rank of the recipient.[1] The medal is awarded to Uruguayan and foreign military officers, as well as civilians, for outstanding achievement and meritorious service.[2]


The design of the medal depicts a four-armed cross of the sun's rays in silver. In the center of the cross is the Artigas' Cockade. The second class medal adds a golden laurel wreath around the cockade, while the first class medal includes the laurel wreath as well as three gold five-pointed start surmounting the cockade.[1]

The ribbon of the medal is 36 mm wide, with a broad central stripe of white, flanked by blue edges, bisected by red stripes. When worn as a service ribbon, the grades of the medal are differentiated by a device. The ribbon for the third class is plain, the ribbon for the second class bears a gold colored laurel wreath device in the center, while the first class service ribbon bears a laurel wreath device surrounding three five-pointed gold stars.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Decreto N° 469/997" (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional de Impresiones y Publicaciones Oficiales. 16 December 1997. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Army Officer Awarded the Uruguayan '18 de Mayo de 1811' Medal". US Embassy Montivideo. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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