United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (obverse)
1942 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze overall: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) diam. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) diam. of medal Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.139 Not currently on view
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The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal has been awarded since 1939 to seamen who have distinguished themselves through outstanding conduct or service in the line of duty. Paul Manship’s artist’s strike, or sample, shows a preliminary design for the obverse. In the final medal, the eight points of the stylized compass appear in silver metal.
Allegory - civic - military
Emblem - star
sculpture - medal-sample
metal - bronze