Uncommon design, uncommon valor: George Gillespie

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Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient George Gillespie
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Uncommon design, uncommon valor: George Gillespie

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Forty years after his service as an engineer during the Civil War, George Gillespie redesigned the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, which he himself received. By obtaining a design patent, Gillespie ensured the integrity of the medal for future generations of U.S. service members.

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