Navy Good Conduct Medal, Type I (Nickel Cross, 1869-1880)
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The Navy Good Conduct Medal was originally established by the Secretary of the Navy, A.E. Borie, on April 26, 1869, as the "Good Conduct Badge." The Nickel Cross was awarded to Navy personnel who had received a Continuous Service Certificate in recognition of obedience, sobriety, and cleanliness, as well as for demonstrations of proficiency in gunnery and seamanship. The Cross was issued upon the completion of enlistment. In 1880, a Bronze Medal was introduced to replace the Nickel Cross as the award for the Good Conduct Badge, however, the Nickel Cross continued to be issued until 1884. It is estimated that 4500 Nickel Crosses were issued.
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