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For Conquer We Must

1945 Rene Paul Chambellan Born: West Hoboken, New Jersey 1893 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1955 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.31 Not currently on view


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The end of World War II was a popular theme among American medalists. The obverse side of Rene Paul Chambellan’s medal re-creates the famous photograph of  U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, first taken on February 23, 1945, by Marine Corps photographer Sergeant Lou Lowery. The reverse shows an unsheathed sword with the legend “For conquer we must,” excerpted from the Star Spangled Banner.

Keywords

Figure group - male

Object - other - feather

Object - other - flag

Object - weapon - sword

Occupation - military - soldier

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Rene Paul Chambellan

Born: West Hoboken, New Jersey 1893 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1955

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