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The Christopher Pike Medal of Valor

The Christopher Pike Medal of Valor was a prestigious medal named after Starfleet Fleet Captain Christopher Pike, awarded to Starfleet officers in recognition of remarkable leadership, meritorious conduct and acts of personal bravery.

In late 2374, Captain Benjamin Sisko received this medal from Admiral William Ross and Starfleet Command for his role in the Dominion War, in particular for his acts of personal bravery displayed during the battle to retake Deep Space 9. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Captain Solok of the USS T'Kumbra received two of these medals, the second in early 2375. (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")


Background information

John Eaves' design sketch

The medal was designed for "Tears of the Prophets" by John Eaves, with a few physical copies produced. According to the Eaves' design, the ribbons are supposed to represent the "red, green/gold, and light blue" of the original series uniforms.[1]

In an illustration of the award featured in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 31), the text on the award was revealed to read "sic semper tyrannis". According to legend, this Latin phrase, meaning "Thus always to tyrants", was spoken by Brutus after assassinating Julius Caesar. In history, it was adopted as the state motto of Virginia in 1776, and also spoken by John Wilkes Booth after assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

In an unfilmed or deleted scene from "Tears of the Prophets", Admiral Ross mentions that "the medal usually comes with a lot more pomp and ceremony, but we figured you wouldn't want to be called back to Earth just to sit through a bad chicken dinner with a bunch of brass hats." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion - A Series Guide and Script Library [2])


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