United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

  • Paul Manship, United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal, 1919, gold-plated and enameled bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.97

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Congress authorized the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal on February 4, 1919. The medal is awarded for meritorious service in the Navy, whether in combat or noncombat operations. In Paul Manship’s design the American eagle appears on the obverse and Poseidon’s trident on the reverse. The pendant medal hangs from a five-pointed star and pentagon symbolizing the five branches of the American military.

Title
United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Artist
Date
1919
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (9.2 x 4.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
gold-plated and enameled bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – star
  • Architecture – boat – detail
  • Animal – bird – eagle
Object Number
1965.16.97
Palette
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