I constructed a series of medal sculptures with accompanying text in 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)