Myron T.Herrick Commemorative Medal
diameter: 2 11/16 in. ( 6.8 cm )
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at right: "J.P.LEGASTELOIS" Inscription: reverse, at right of field: "A.MORLON"
Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting clothed male bust facing left with legend: "MYRON T. HERRICK 1854-1929." Reverse contains image of cruiser with inscription in exergue: "THE CRUISER TOURVILLE/BRINGS BACK TO THE UNITED/STATES THE REMAINS OF/MYRON T. HERRICK/MDCCCCXXIX."
Myron T. Herrick (1854-1929) was the U.S. Ambassador to France in 1912-1914 and 1921-1929. During the World War I, with Germans advancing on Paris, the French government, along with most foreign dipomats, relocated to the relative safety of Bordeaux. Herrick chose to stay in Paris, a decision that won him praise from both the French and the American people.
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