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United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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Artist
Paul Manship, born St. Paul, MN 1885-died New York City 1966
Date
1919
Type
Sculpture-Medal
Medium
gold-plated and enameled bronze
Dimensions
overall: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (9.2 x 4.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1965.16.97
Luce Center Label
Congress authorized the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal on February 4, 1919. The medal is awarded for meritorious service in the Navy, whether in combat or noncombat operations. In Paul Manship’s design the American eagle appears on the obverse and Poseidon’s trident on the reverse. The pendant medal hangs from a five-pointed star and pentagon symbolizing the five branches of the American military.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Usage
Not determined