A Brief Overview of the Meritorious Service Medal
February 25, 2016 § Leave a comment
A Louisiana attorney and partner at Sentell Law Firm, LLC, Sherb Sentell III was elected to the position of Minden-Ward 1 City Judge in 2014. Concurrently, Sherb Sentell III serves as a United States Army Colonel and has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on four occasions.
The Meritorious Service Medal has a history dating back to 1918. During World War I, General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Forces recommended a medal be created to honor individuals who served commendably. While the request was not approved, it continued to receive support until 1969 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order to create the medal.
The bronze accolade, which displays an eagle with spread wings holding laurel branches that represent achievement, recognizes men and women who served admirably outside of a combat theater. It typically is bestowed upon an individual when he or she retires from an officer or senior position. Likewise, service personnel who have completed their tour receive consideration for the medal.