Meritorious Service Medal, US Coast and Geodetic Survey
Title: Meritorious Service Medal, US Coast and Geodetic Survey
Accession #: NHHC 1999-140-AM
Size: 2.75 x 1.5
Medium: metal, fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One US Coast and Geodetic Survey Meritorious Service Medal. The planchet is bronze. The bverse planchet has a relief image of an eagle holding a globe with two crossed fouled anchors in the background. A suspension ring attaches the medal to a tapered ribbon. The ribbon is white, with large red stripes on either side and a small pinstripe of blue in the center. A pin and clasp brooch is attached to the ribbon.
This medal was awarded to any Coast and Geodetic Survey commissioned officer or to any ship's officer or member of the crew of any Coast and Geodetic Survey ship who rendered service of a meritorious character between 8 September 1939 and 28 April 1952. The meritorious action must not be of such an outstanding character as would warrant an award of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Distinguished Service Ribbon.