For Conquer We Must

  • Rene Paul Chambellan, Medallic Art Company, For Conquer We Must, 1945, bronze, 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

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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.

Title
For Conquer We Must
Artists
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1945
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – feather
  • Object – other – flag
  • Object – weapon – sword
  • Figure group – male
  • Occupation – military – soldier
Object Number
1972.167.31
Palette
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