Inside was a gold medal on a ribbon, inscribed with the words “FUCKING MEDAL.”
He no doubt saw the memorial wall there on which are inscribed the names of EOD technicians who had been killed in action.
An inscribed copy of the book (like my copy of Catch-22, signed by Joseph Heller) is one of my treasures.
1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from Latin inscribere "to write in or on," (see inscription). Meaning "to dedicate (by means of an inscription)" is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing.