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Collector's Note: The U.S. Coast Guard has requested that the manufacturer no longer sell these medals to private collector's, so these medals will become extremely scarce as none will be available for sale to the public very soon.
The United States Silver Lifesaving Medal is a civil and military medal of the United States Coast Guard which was first established by Act of Congress, 20 June 1874. This decoration is one of the oldest medals in the United States Military as it was originally established at the Department of Treasury Lifesaving Medal (when the Coast Guard was part of the Treasury Department) and has remained unchanged in appearance since its initial conception.The Lifesaving Medal may be awarded to any member of the U.S. military, or to a U.S. civilian, who rescues, or endeavors to rescue, any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other peril of water risking his or her own life to save others. The rescue or attempted rescue must take place in waters within the United States, waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction, or one of the parties involved must be a citizen of the United States or be from a vessel or aircraft owned or operated by citizens of the United States.
The Lifesaving Medal is issued in two grades, being Gold and Silver. The Lifesaving Medal is authorized if the individual attempting the rescue did so at extreme peril and risk of life. For all other rescues, the Silver Lifesaving Medal is authorized.
Until the mid 20th century, the Lifesaving Medal was often bestowed upon members of the military; however in recent times the decoration has become somewhat rare. This is due primarily to the creation of a variety of additional military decorations that are often considered more prestigious than the Lifesaving Medal. The Intend States Navy often now issues the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, instead of the Lifesaving Medal, for sea rescues involving risk of life.
The Coast Guard is the ultimate award authority for the Lifesaving Medal and issues the decorations to members of all military branches as well as civilians. Famous recipients of the Lifesaving Medal include Chester Nimitz and General George S. Patton.
The Lifesaving Medal is unique among U.S. medals because it is actually struck from precious metal, silver or gold, depending on the grade, the modern version are SILVER plated.
Multiple awards of the Lifesaving Medal are denoted by award stars on the decoration’s ribbon and a gold clasp, inscribed with the recipient’s name, is worn on the actual medal.
This rare Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal is 100% Authentic as awarded, federal regulation made by a U.S. Government authorized maker, hallmarked (makers marked) G27 behind the pin, superior quality, rich SILVER plated finish.
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