United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (obverse)

  • Paul Manship, United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (obverse), 1942, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.139

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The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal has been awarded since 1939 to seamen who have distinguished themselves through outstanding conduct or service in the line of duty. Paul Manship’s artist’s strike, or sample, shows a preliminary design for the obverse. In the final medal, the eight points of the stylized compass appear in silver metal.

Title
United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (obverse)
Artist
Date
1942
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
overall: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) diam.
1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) diam. of medal
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – star
  • Allegory – civic – military
Object Number
1966.47.139
Palette
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