Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry Naval Medal
diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Oliver Perry facing right with legend: "OLIVERUS HAZARD PERRY. PRO PATRIA VICIT/PRESENTED/ BY THE GOVERNEMTN/OF PENNSYLVANIA." Reverse bears a blank space for writing enclosed within laurel wreath with "TO" inscribed inside; legend: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY; AND THEY ARE OURS"; inscription below wreath: "IN TESTIMONY OF HIS/PATRIOTISM AND BRAVERY/IN THE NAVAL ACTION ON/LAKE ERIE/SEPTEMBER 10. 1818."
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