United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

  • Paul Manship, United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal, ca. 1919, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.87

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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 bar sculpted in the shape of a military ship supported by two dolphins.

Title
United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Artist
Date
ca. 1919
On View
Dimensions
overall: 9 1/2 x 6 in. (24.0 x 15.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – boat
  • Animal – bird – eagle
  • Animal – porpoise
Object Number
1965.16.87
Palette
Linked Open Data
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