Dear Mr. Ryder:
In its public meeting of 18 June conducted by videoconference, with the advice of its subcommittee on submissions from the United States Mint, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed alternative designs for the Armed Forces Military Medal honoring the U.S. Marine Corps and provided the following recommendations.
For the obverse, the Commission recommended alternatives #5 and 12, with a general preference for a design that emphasizes those who serve in the Marine Corps rather than emphasizing its weaponry. For the reverse, consistent with the preference of the Marine Corps commandant, the Commission recommended alternative #12A, commenting that this design is more legible than the similar composition of alternative #12 due to the simpler background.
As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
David Ryder, Director
United States Mint
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Washington, DC 20220