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United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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Paul Manship, born St. Paul, MN 1885-died New York City 1966
gold-plated and enameled bronze
overall: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (9.2 x 4.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
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Object number
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.
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