All men gave some. Some men gave more than some.
— The Soldier
The Gentle Manne's Service Medal is a cosmetic item that was obtainable for the Soldier. It is a small, circular gold medal, worn on the chest with a team-colored ribbon. The medal was not found or earned in-game, but instead was given away through a hidden page on the Classless Update website.
The medal was awarded to the first 11,111 players who visited the page. After the August 21, 2009 Patch, the medals became individually numbered up to #11,111 in the item's description.
August 13, 2009 Patch (Classless Update)
- The Gentle Manne's Service Medal was added to the game.
September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
- [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for this item.
October 6, 2010 Patch
- Fixed the medal number for this item not displaying properly.
October 8, 2010 Patch
- This item was made nameable.
October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)
- [Undocumented] This item was made tradable.
January 3, 2011 Patch
- This item was made gift-wrappable.
July 20, 2011 Patch
- [Undocumented] Fixed issue with the Gentle Manne's Service Medal not appearing.
June 11, 2012 Patch
- Fixed the Gentle Manne's Service Medal not being drawn when equipped.
- [Undocumented] The Gentle Manne's Service Medal now makes small metal sounds in the backpack.
September 17, 2014 Patch
- Added the Limited attribute to the Gentle Manne's Service Medal.
- The item's description was written by Lamech for the Hat Describing Contest.
- Upon winning a charity auction for Child's Play, a Team Fortress 2 player named Vulcnor received Gentle Manne's Service Medal No. 11,112, along with one of every other game item.
- This item, the first Medal added to the game, was for the class notorious for making his own medals.
- The name of the hidden page (today_is_a_good_day) is a reference to one of the Soldier Responses.
- 38 un-numbered medals were granted to Valve employees.
- A medal that resembles this one was placed on the RED and BLU Soldier action figures.