I constructed a series of medal sculptures accompanied by a book, borrowing the format from American War Medals and Decorations (Evans E. Kerrigan, 1964), and thinking of David Smith's Medals for Dishonor (1939-40). The medals in my book acknowledge internal strife: "friendly fire," "fragging" (officers killed or wounded by those of lesser rank), the embalming business. We repeat a deadly turn of phrase, doomed to identify with OUR executioners and THEIR nation...or at least that's how I saw things in 2009. Every theory seems to fall apart on a long enough timeline. (a precursor to the sentence generator I made in 2019)

American War Medals and Decorations (Evans E. Kerrigan, 1964)