United States Armed Forces Silver Medal – U.S. Marine Corps
The U.S. Marine Corps Silver Medal is the fourth medal in the U.S. Armed Forces Silver Medals Program. The U.S. Marine Corps traces its origins back to 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Marines who fought during the American Revolution. Congress established the Marine Corps as a branch of the U.S. military in 1798. It moved under the department of the Navy in 1834.
The obverse depicts three Marines with M4 rifles moving ashore just after an amphibious landing. In the foreground, one of the Marines lies hidden in the grass, providing cover for the other two about to crest the hill, while a U.S. warship is seen in the distance.
The reverse depicts the familiar Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem encircled by a rope border. Its core values, “HONOR,” “COURAGE,” and “COMMITMENT,” and the Marine Corps motto “SEMPER FIDELIS” (Always Faithful) are inscribed around the outer border.
- U.S. MARINE CORPS
- EVERY MARINE A RIFLEMAN
- SEMPER FIDELIS (Always Faithful)
- Composition: 99.9 % silver
- Diameter: 2.000 inches (50.80 mm)
- Weight: 2.500 troy oz. (77.759 grams)
- Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Emily Damstra, Artistic Infusion Program
- Sculptor: Joseph Menna, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Laurie Musser, Artistic Infusion Program