Joseph E. Renier, Omar N. Bradley Medal Distinguished Service Award (design for obverse), 1950, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier, 1967.93.51
During World War II, General Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) led American forces on the beaches of Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge. Joseph Renier's medal was designed in the year Bradley was promoted to the rank of General of the Army. The portrait on the obverse captures Bradley's capable but kind personality. Will Lang, a bureau chief for Life magazine, once said, 'The thing I most admire about Omar Bradley is his gentleness. He was never known to issue an order to anybody of any rank without saying 'Please' first."
Omar N. Bradley Medal Distinguished Service Award (design for obverse)
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1 1/2 in. (3.9 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier
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- Dress – uniform – military uniform
- Occupation – military – general
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