United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

  • Paul Manship, United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal, 1919, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.134

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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. This is a large-scale replica of an alternate design by Paul Manship and may have been created as an artist’s sample or to hang in an officer’s quarters. The American eagle appears on the obverse and Poseidon’s trident on the reverse. The pendant medal hangs from a bar sculpted in the shape of a military ship supported by two dolphins.

Title
United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Artist
Date
1919
On View
Dimensions
9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – eagle
  • Allegory – civic – military
  • Animal – dolphin
  • Architecture – boat – ship
  • Object – other – wreath
Object Number
1966.47.134
Palette
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