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002.1: Distinguished Service Medal, Type I

Added by: Darrell
Description: This medal was established in 1959, and was issued until 1961, when it was replaced by the current Type II medal. Only three were awarded, the recipients were J.W. Crowley, Alan B. Sheppard Jr., and Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom. This medal was obtained from the collection of Evans E. Kerrigan, who was given several of these Type I medals, when he was researching his book, "The NASA Space Medals", at NASA Headquarters during the mid 1980s. The design of the obverse is based on the NASA seal.
Date Added: 01-25-2007