Portuguese Legion Dedication Medal, III Class Medal
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The Portuguese Legion was founded in 1936 as a paramilitary organisation under the right-wing Estado Novo regime. It did not function in the same capacity as other contemporary European paramilitary organisations because it was not used by its leader to seize power. Instead, it was established after power was seized and used as a means to ensure the continuation of the regime. The Legion was disbanded in 1974 following the collapse of the Estado Novo.
The Portuguese Legion Dedication Medal was awarded to Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Legionnaires of the Portuguese Legion in recognition of dedicated service. It was also awarded to civilians who demonstrated dedication to the development and reputation of the Legion.
The III Class Medal was awarded with a copper ribbon clasp and may also have a ribbon rosette. It has an obverse inscription that translates to "Portuguese Legion," and a reverse inscription that translates to "Dedication." There was a limit of 1600 III Class Medals.
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