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General John J. Pershing Medal (reverse)

1946 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 gilded white metal 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 8


Luce Center Label

Congress commissioned this medal by Anthony de Francisci to honor General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing (1860-1948). Pershing served as commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Legislators took so long to pass the bill authorizing the commemoration that Pershing passed away before the medal could be struck. The reverse of the medal shows a flaming sword of victory surrounded by the inscription: “Awarded by act of Congress August 7, 1946. In recognition of his devotion to his country.”

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Allegory - element - fire

Object - weapon - sword

sculpture - medal

metal

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

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

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