Presidential Medal of Appreciation

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  • #12918

    drdarryl
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    Greetings. I’m in the process of completing a book about a series of 22 "special Government medals" that was designed for and awarded by the President. I’ve attached a copy of the Hawaii medal and military record. Medals were bestowed by President Eisenhower and President Kennedy. The series of medals has neither been documented by the White House nor the U.S. Mint for over 5 decades.
    The most interesting medals in the series
    are those that were related to the U-2 spy plane shoot down over the USSR in May 1960.
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    #17536

    jb floyd
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    This falls into a gray area for military medal collectors — an "awarded" medallion from outside the DoD. Any idea if the services recorded these awards in the individuals’ records? Possibly a letter of appreciation from the Military Aide to the President or a mention in an efficiency report.

    #17546

    drdarryl
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    Last image is such a record. Here is a blown up version.
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    #17547

    drdarryl
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    There are 5 classes of the medals. The Hawaii medal is a Class 2 medal. Attached is an image of the 8 types of Class 2 medals.

    Note the Newport medal. This is the Eisenhower Summer White House in Newport, Rhode Island.

    Note the Paris Summit medal. This is the U-2 spy plane related medal. The 1960 Paris Summit collapsed due to the U-2 shoot down event over the Soviet Union. There are also two other Paris Summit medals (Class 3 medals).

    #34494

    drdarryl
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    Ongoing Research Update: These medals are “special medals for U.S. Government agencies”. The White House Office procured 15 different medal types from the Bureau of the Mint from 1958 through 1962 for use by the Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

    The term “special medals for U.S. Government agencies” is from Bureau of the Mint records. The Bureau of the Mint (for the period 1958 – 1962) operated with three manufacturing functions: 1) Manufacture coins for commerce (domestic and foreign) 2) Manufacture nations medals 3) Manufacture special medals for U.S. Government agencies.

    Authorization for 1) and 2) required an Act of Congress for the Director of the Mint to execute the manufacturing process (design, produce, ship, etc…). Authorization documents and manufacturing documents are publicly available. Information such as mintage and designer are through the Bureau of the Mint records.

    Item 3) is an area of interest for medal collectors as several U.S. Government agency medals were manufactured by the Bureau of the Mint. The procurement between the U.S. Government agency and Bureau of the Mint is an inter-agency procurement transaction of which the Bureau of the Mint has never published this information for the general public.

    I have been using the term “special Government medal (sGm)” to identify these manufactured Bureau of the Mint medals without an Act of Congress authorization (has Director of the Mint authorization).

    Here is an example of three sGms (see attached from a paper I wrote). Using Frank Gasparro (designer, as the thread of connection). Frank Gasparro later became the 10th U.S. Mint Chief Engraver. Mr. Gasparro was a Bureau of the Mint Assistant Engraver from 1942 through 1965. The procuring U.S. Government agency is identified in the image.

    As for the previous comment that these POTUS medals are in the gray area (I assume from a from a U.S. Military medal perspective).  These medal should be part of the President medals grouping. Archived records have shown that these medals were primarily provided to U.S. Government employees (U.S. Military, U.S. Secret Service, Department of State, etc…). Instances are also documented that these medals were provided to Foreign Military and foreign nationals (employed by U.S. Embassies or provided service to U.S. Government).

    Additional information  http://www.potus-sgm.com/

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    #34497

    megan
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    Fascinating stuff and some superb original research… these ‘table medals’ provide an interesting insight into ways in which, in particular, American civilians can be rewarded for their services to the state.

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