This group of miniature dress medals belonged to US Navy Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr. Here are Admiral Stirling’s 8 miniature dress medals mounted on a single bar. The medals are the US Navy Cross, the Sampson Medal, the Navy Spanish Campaign Medal, the Navy Philippine Campaign Medal, the Navy Mexican Service Medal, the US Victory WWI Medal with star, the French Legion of Honor, and the Italian Order of the Crown of Italy. The medals are in good condition considering their age. The Navy Cross and Philippine ribbons are just starting to fray. The French medal is missing the center medallion on the reverse side and a fleck of enamel just beneath the suspension ring. The Italian order is missing a tiny spot of paint just beneath the crown on the front side. The mounted group measures 4 5/8 inches across. To give perspective, the Navy Cross is 1 5/8 inches tall.
Admiral Stirling, Jr. was born in 1872 and entered the US Navy from Annapolis in 1892, retiring after a stormy but distinguished career 44 years later in 1936. He and his father had the distinction of both being admirals on active duty at the same time. Much has been written about the younger admiral and can be found on the Internet. Additionally, Yates Stirling, Jr. was the author of numerous books about the Navy, including an autobiography (Sea Duty, The Memoirs of a Fighting Admiral).
Admiral Stirling was born in Baltimore, and this is his WWI war record from the book Maryland in the World War 1917-1919. USN comdr; capt 8/10/17, Sub Base New London Conn.; USS President Lincoln 7/25/17; USS Von Steuben 12/20/17; Ch of Staff 3 Naval Dist 9/12/18; USS Connecticut 4/7/19, Still in service 1/1/20, Navy Cross For distinguished service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. President Lincoln and the U.S.S. Von Steuben, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, French Legion of Honor (Officer) He performed his duty efficiently, by a skilful maneuver preventing his ship from being torpedoed when the signal was received that a torpedo was near the vessel. (U.S.S. Von Steuben, June 18, 1918).
Later assignments after WWI included chief of staff of the US Fleet; and Commander, Yangtze Patrol, China; and Commandant of the Navy 14th District headquartered in Pearl Harbor.