Commodore Dewey Manila Bay Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.229
Date: 
1898
Medium: 
Bronze, ribbon
Dimensions: 
diameter: 45.6mm (1 13/16 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse at lower left of bust: "D.C. FRENCH 1898"; below legend at right: anchor in circle over five-pointed star in circle.
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing right-facing high relief bust-length portrait of Dewey in uniform; legend: "THE GIFT/ OF / THE/ PEOPLE / OF THE /UNITED / STATES / TO THE / OFFICERS/ AND MEN / OF THE/ ASIATIC / SQUADRON/ UNDER THE/ COMMAND/ OF / COM/ MODORE/ GEORGE/ DEWEY". Reverse shows bare-footed and bare-chested sailor seated on cannon over cartouche inscribed "U.S.S. Baltimore"; legend: "IN MEMORY OF THE VICTORY OF MANILA BAY/ MAY 17, 1898". Loop affixed to top; ring joins to loop on pinback with eagle between branch and anchor; blue and yellow vertical striped grosgrain ribbon.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group