St. Olav's Medal
The St. Olav's Medal and the St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch were instituted by King Haakon VII of Norway on 17 March 1939. They are awarded in recognition of "outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country".
|St. Olav's Medal|
Picture of medal with Oak Branch
|Awarded by |
|Awarded for||outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country|
|Established||17 March 1939|
|Next (higher)||King's Medal of Merit|
|Next (lower)||War Medal|
|Related||St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch|
Ribbons of the medal
The medals are in silver, surmounted by the Royal Crown. On the obverse is the portrait of the reigning King with his name and motto. On the reverse, St. Olav's cross. Above the medal is the monogram of the reigning King. It is worn on the left side of the breast with the ribbon of the Order of St. Olav. The medal ranks 9th in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.
When awarded for services rendered in wartime, the medal carries an oak branch and ranks 6th in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.
Recipients of the medal
A complete searchable list of medal recipients can be found here.
- 1939 Henry Poynter Burnett, Commander (late Rear Admiral), USN
- 1939 Brenda Ueland, author and teacher, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- c1942 Captain Andrew Henry, O.B.E. ref. Shetland Family History www.bayanne.info/Shetland Person I.D. 153644
- 1944 Egil Melsom, Assistant Engineer on the M/T Gallia
- 1951 Rev. Bent Emil Carlsen, known as "Pastor", of Milton, Massachusetts; in recognition of his work among Norwegians in America.
- 1954 Percy Grainger, Australian composer and pianist
- 1993 Margaret Miller, genealogist, Apple Valley, Minnesota
- 1994 Kristin Brudevoll, former Director of Norla.
- 2002 Andrea Een, Hardanger fiddler, Northfield, Minnesota
- 2005 Stan Boreson, entertainer, Seattle, Washington
- 2008 Trygve Gunnar Morkemo
- 2014 Ewart Parkinson, OBE, town planner, Cardiff, Wales, for his role in saving and rebuilding the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay
- 2017 Glo Wollen, Petersburg, Alaska
- "Kristin Brudevoll" (in Norwegian). nbl.snl.no. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- Manry, Kaitlin (2010-09-16). "Stan Boreson can't stop singing". HeraldNet. The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
- "Trygve Morkemo awarded with the St. Olav medal". Norway.org. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Petersburg resident receives medal from King of Norway". KTOO Public Media. 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2019-08-27.