Title: Medal, US Public Health Service Hazardous Duty
Accession #: NHHC 1999-140-I
Size: 2.75 x 1.5
Medium: Metal, Fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One Hazardous Duty Award Medal from Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The planchet is bronze and circular in shape. At the center of the obverse is a caduceus crossed with a horizontal foul anchor. Around the edge of the face are the embossed words "U.S. Public Health Service." The reverse is stamped "Hazardous Duty Award." A small suspension ring attaches the medal to a tapered ribbon. The ribbon is alternating stripes of white, maroon, white, blue.
The Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Service Award is presented to a service member of the PHS for service in a position that frequently places an officer's safety at risk. This service must be for a prolonged period of time of 200 exposure hours over a 180 consecutive day period.