The "Kittanning Destroyed Medal," engraved by Edward Duffield and struck by silversmith Joseph Richardson, Philadelphia, PA, 1757.
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The "Kittanning Destroyed Medal" was the first American decoration for valor in battle.

Credit: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

In 1756 the Corporation of the City of Philadelphia awarded 160 pounds to Colonel John Armstrong and his officers for their "arduous and successful Expedition against the Indians at the Indian town and Settlement of Kittaning on the Allegheny which was the first instance for carrying the War into Indian Country and gave check to their Incursions into this Province."  The next year it struck and presented copies of the "Kittanning Destroyed Medal" to Armstrong and his officers for their valor in battle.

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