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Military Decorations 

 

MILITARY DECORATIONS
 

MEDAL OF HONOR

With Service Ribbon (Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard) For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in action involving actual conflict with an opposing armed force.

NAVY CROSS

(Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard) For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operation against an opposing armed force.

DEFENSE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

Awarded by the secretary of defense for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

(Navy-Marine Corps) For exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility.

SILVER STAR MEDAL 

For gallantry in action against an opposing armed force.

DEFENSE SUPERIOR SERVICE MEDAL

Awarded by the secretary of defense for superior  meritorious service while in a position of significant responsibility while assigned to a joint activity.  

LEGION OF MERIT 

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

For heroism or extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. Bronze "V" device is worn by Navy and Marine Corps personnel to denote valor.

NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEDAL

For acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an opposing armed force.

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

For heroic or meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight in connection with operationsagainst an opposing armed force.  Bronze "V" device worn todenote valor. 

PURPLE HEART

Awarded for wounds or death as result of an act of any opposing armed force, as a result of an international terrorist attack or as a result of military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force.

DEFENSE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Awarded in the name of the secretary of defense for recognition of non-combat meritorious achievement or service while assigned to a joint activity. 

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

For outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States.

AIR MEDAL

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.  Bronze "V" device worn to denote valor.

JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL

For meritorious achievement or service while assigned to a joint activity.

NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL

Awarded by the Navy and Marine Corps for heroic or meritorious achievement or service.  Bronze "V" device worn to denote valor.

JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

For meritorious achievement or service while assigned to a joint activity after Aug. 3, 1983.

NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL 

(Navy-Marine Corps) For junior officers and enlisted personnel whose professional and/or leadership achievements on or after May 1, 1961, are clearly of a superlative nature.

NON-MILITARY DECORATIONS
 

DoD DISTINGUISHED CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

Award competively for exceptional devotion to duty and extremely significant contribution of broad scope to efficiency or other improvements in the operation of the Department of Defense. 

DISTINGUISHED CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

For those distinguishing themselves through contributions of major significance and/or extraordinary service to the Navy.

CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE AWARDS
 

POW MEDAL

Awarded to any person who was taken prisoner of war and held captive after April 5, 1917, during World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam conflicts and Operation Desert Storm.

GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
(Navy)
Based on conduct for three-year periods of continuous active service.

NAVAL RESERVE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Awarded to Navy reservists who fulfill with distinction the obligations of inactive reservists during any three consecutive years.

NAVY EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

For landing on foreign territory and engaging in operations against armed opposition, or operations under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition and for which no service or campaign medal has been awarded.

NAVY OCCUPATION SERVICE MEDAL 
(Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard)

For occupation service during and after World War II.

CHINA SERVICE MEDAL

(Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard) For service in China, July 7, 1937, to Sept. 7, 1939, (Navy-Marine Corps)and Sept. 2, 1945, to April 1, 1957 (Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard).

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

For active federal service in the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950, and July 1954; from Jan. 1, 1961, to Aug. 14, 1974; from Aug. 2, 1990, to 30 Nov. 1995 and from 11 Sept. 2001 to TBD.  Also awarded to members of the National Guard and Reserve who were part of the Selected Reserve in good standing during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to 30 Nov. 1995 and from 11 Sept. 2001 to TBD.

KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL

For participation in operations in the Korean area between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.

ANTARCTICA SERVICE MEDAL

For participating in an expedition, operation or support ofa U.S. operation in Antarctica after Jan. 1, 1946, to date to be announced.

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

For participating in designated operations after July 1, 1958.

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

For service in Southwest Asia and contiguous waters or air space thereover from July 4, 1965, through March 28, 1973.

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL

For service in Southwest Asia and contiguous waters of air space thereover.  There are three campaign stars: (1) Defense of Saudi Arabia from 2 Aug. 90 to 16 Jan. 91; (2) Liberation and defense of Kuwait from 17 Jan. 91 to 11 Apr. 91; (3) Southwest Asia Cease-Fire Campaign from 12 Apr. 91 to 30 Nov. 95.  A bronze service star shall be worn on the suspension ribbon and ribbon bar for participation in each campaign period.  The initial award is the ribbon/medal with one bronze star.  Wear a (3/16 inch) bronze star for second and subsequent awards. Page 5-67

KOSOVO CAMPAIGN MEDAL

For participation or service in direct support of Kosovo operations within established areas of eligibility.

AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL

For Direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in the designated area of eligibility (AOE).  The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) period of eligibility commences 24 October 2001 to a future date to be determined.  The AOE encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land.

IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL

For direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in the designated area of eligibility (AOE).  The Iraq Campaign Medal period of eligibility is on or after 19 March 2003 to a future date to be determined.  The AOE encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq, all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and the contiguous waters of Iraq out to 12 nautical miles.

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

For direct participation in specified areas of expedition in support of the global war on terrorism on or after Sept. 11, 2001 to a future date to be determined.  

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL

For participation in or served in support of the Global War of Terrorism for specified operations on or after 11 September 2001 and future date to be determined. 

KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL 

For service in support of the defense of the Republic of Korea from July 28, 1954 to a future date to be determined.  Only one award is authorized per individual.

HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL

For meritorious direct participation in a significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature performed after April 1, 1975.

ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL

For 10 years of honorable service in reserve components of the armed forces.

NAVAL RESERVE MEDAL

Awarded for 10 years of honorable service in the Naval Reserve (prior to Sept. 12, 1958).

NON-U.S. SERVICE AWARDS 

UNITED NATIONS SERVICE MEDAL

(Korea) For service in the Korean area in support of UN action from June 27, 1950, to July 27, 1954; and those who are also eligible for the Korean Service Medal.

UNITED NATIONS MEDAL

For not less than six months' service with UN Observers  Group in Lebanon, UN Truce Supervisory Organization in  Palestine, UN Military Observers Group in India and  Pakistan, or UN Security Forces, Hollandia.

MULTINATIONAL FORCE AND OBSERVERS MEDAL

Awarded for service with the Multinational Force and  Observers Organization for at least 90 consecutive days.

INTER-AMERICAN DEFENSE BOARD MEDAL

Awarded for at least one year of service on the IADB in selected positions.

FOREIGN SERVICE AWARDS

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL

For six months direct combat support or service in South Vietnam between March 1, 1961, and March 28, 1973. Also for those wounded, captured or killed in action or in the line of duty during the same period.

KUWAIT LIBERATION MEDAL

(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) Awarded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for direct participation in Operation Desert Storm between Jan. 27, 1991, and Feb. 28, 1991.

 

 

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