Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pennsylvania Railroad Heroic Service Medal 1936

above from the State Register January 31 1936
Robert A. Mason Cape Charles
R. P. Richardson, Jr
Grace Collins
Joseph Mustafa
M. W.. Clement

Pennsylvania Railroad Medals for Heroic Service, 1926, Article Reprint

Decision to award medals to employes of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who perform unusual acts of heroism in connection with their regular duties, or while on the Company's property, was announced July I, 1923, by G. L. Peck, Vice President in Charge of Personnel, following authorization by the Company's Board of Directors.
The motive of the Directors in establishing the award was to accord proper public recognition to those who, in connection with the discharge of duty, perform extraordinary service in the protection of life or property at the risk of their own safety or even of their lives.
Referring to the purposes of the Directors in authorizing the award of medals for heroic service, Mr. Peck said:
"Notwithstanding the provisions of mechanical safeguards, the nature of railroading itself is such that opportunities to protect life, limb and property occur in the ordinary course of a day's work, and Pennsylvania Railroad men have never been found wanting in the performance of their duties in this respect.
"The record of the Pennsylvania Railroad in protecting the life and property of its passengers, shippers and employes is an achievement of which the management is justly proud. It is a tribute to the zeal and fidelity of Pennsylvania employes."

above the medal
The medal for heroic service,  is made of bronze and is 2 inches in diameter. The standard express passenger locomotive (Class K-4-s), now in use on the Pennsylvania Railroad, is shown on the face. Under this arc the words, "All Honor Attend You in Your Valour" (Livy). Inscribed around the rim of the medal is the following legend: "Pennsylvania Railroad - Medal for heroic service."
On the reverse side is a large keystone, the official emblem of the Pennsylvania Railroad, encircled by a laurel wreath. The keystone contains a facsimile of the official seal of the Company, which was authorized by the Board of Directors in 1847. Inside the keystone and above the corporate seal, the name of the employe to whom the medal is awarded is engraved, as well as the date on which the heroic service was performed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I have such a medal. The date is 25 August 1923. The name of the recipient has been blanked out, however. I imagine that this may have been due to an engraving error. I see that a medal was awarded to C J Murray in August 1923. Can anyone explain further? Bruce Cameron cameronshome@bigpond.com