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National Defense Badge of Service Pin

1925 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 cast bronze/red and white enamel paste 1/2 x 5/8 in. (1.2 x 1.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.17 Not currently on view


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Anthony de Francisci designed this original National Defense service pin in 1925. The design was modified slightly in 1943, and by general orders the Army allowed it to be worn by any veteran of World War II. To many veterans, the bald eagle was known as the “ruptured duck.” The nickname referred to the phrase “took off like a ruptured duck,” which described the soldiers who were honorably discharged and eager to return to civilian life.

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

Emblem - military insignia

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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