Title: Medal, US Public Health Service Meritorious Service
Accession #: NHHC 1999-140-E
Size: 2.75 x 1.5
Medium: Metal, Fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One Meritorious Service Medal from the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The planchet is silver and circular in shape. At the center of the obverse is a rod of Asclepius crossed with a horizontal foul anchor in the background with an eagle holding a federal shield in the foreground. The edge of the face is embossed "Public Health Service / United States of America." The reverse is blank. A small suspension ring attaches the medal to a tapered ribbon. The ribbon is maroon with dark blue and white pinstripes on both edges, and a white stripe in center.
The Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal is awarded in recognition of meritorious service of a single but particularly important achievement, a career notable for accomplishments in technical or professional fields, or unusually high-quality and initiative in leadership.