Cold War Commemorative Medal Infographic

Cold War Commemorative Medal Infographic

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Cold War Victory Commemorative Medal

Cold War Victory Commemorative Medal


Criteria: Struck to recognize any honorable military service between 2 Sept 1945 and 26 December 1991.

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    • Ted Shields at 10:45 am
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      Beautiful. Would love to have the medal and a mini ribbon. Where do I apply and purchase?

  1. Trey O'Rourke at 1:04 pm
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    Dear sirs/madams;

    Did you realize that the Department of Defense hasn’t authorized any medals for any service performed during the Cold War Era?

    Did you know that “official” Cold War Certificates were created and the Cold War Certificate program is managed by the Department of the Army?

    Now, if my memories surrounding Current Events is correct, The Governor of Texas did authorize a Cold War Medal that can be worn on the uniforms of the Texas Army National Guard. With this, the Texas Army National Guard is the only military service whose been awarded, and recognized, for services performed during the Cold War.

    Also, I do seem to remember that the President asked the Secretary of the DOD to come up with a medal reflecting service performed during the Cold War . . . and the Secretary of the DOD came up with the certificate, named above, and left it at that.

    Sir/ma’am, I know you had no idea that there was an “Official” Cold War Certificate that can be obtained through the Army. I also know you had no idea that a medal for the Cold War wasn’t made and isn’t authorized . . . unless, of course, you are in the Texas Army National Guard. With this, would you mind informing your customers that the Cold War Medal you sell isn’t authorized by the Secretary of the Department of Defense and/or the President of the United States?

    • Sarah Huet de Guerville at 1:51 pm
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      Trey, we actually are aware that the Certificate is official and can be obtained through the U.S. government. We sell our Cold War Commemorative Medal. Commemorative Medals are made to honor services that may not have official military issued medals. Commemorative medals grew in response to World War II veterans who wanted medals to commemorate D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and other special events. It has slowly expanded to cover more recent historical military operations, such as the Cold War.

    • Zev Pryor at 2:16 pm
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      The state of Texas has an amendment to be passed next session in January 2015 to issue the Texas cold war medal to all Texans in the military, any branch, the catch is your dd214 must show you were a Texas resident at the time of entry. The medal has a bear and eagle on the front rep. Sarah Davis of Texas is fighting for all cold war Texans to receive medal

      • D Kelley at 11:53 pm
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        It is currently May 2015. Did the approval of the Cold War Medal actually get passed by the Texas Congress? As you know you can’t wear a dam piece of paper.

  2. t.b. at 8:12 am
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    Alaska, Louisiana and Texas National Guards may officially wear the Cold War Victory Medal.

  3. L. Zamora at 2:00 pm
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    In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified Federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

    How Do I apply for a Cold War Recognition Certificate?

    While the NPRC provides proof of service and separation documents; the Center does not supply the Certificate itself, nor does it have the application form available. For more information concerning the application process visit the Cold War Recognition Certificate webpage.

  4. Jerry Dennis at 8:11 pm
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    Having served both in the United States Air Force and the Louisiana Army National Guard, it seems proper to honor all military personnel with some type of recognition. Often times, it seems that many veterans, whether active, reserve, or retired, do not see the fruit of their service. The “appreciation” appears to fall to the wayside as the years pass. As time passes, more and more of our veterans die and their names disappear from the eyes of future generations who do not take the time to remember those who “stood up” for the United States of America when called on. Some were drafted, some volunteered, and some who had no path to follow. Their military service became a “dusty page” for what should have stood for appreciation. There are books that go back to the first militias of the once was just a small nation. The ink of their appreciation has faded into obscurity. Let us hope that the flame of hope remains bright and hopeful for future generations.

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