Military History

Navy Expeditionary Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal

Service: Navy Instituted: 1936 Criteria: Landings on for­eign territory and opera­tions against armed oppo­sition for which no specific campaign medal has been authorized Devices: Silver letter “W” (denotes bar below),…Read more
Air Medal Devices

Air Medal Devices

Still on the general subject of ribbon appurtenances, we shall now turn our attention to the case of the Air Medal, the classic example of how many different ways the…Read more
Soldier’s Medal

Soldier’s Medal

Service: Army Instituted: 1926 Soldier's Medal Criteria: Heroism not invol­ving actual conflict with an armed enemy of the United States Devices: Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Soldier's Medal - History Authorized…Read more
Silver Star Medal

Silver Star Medal

Silver Star Medal Service: All Services (Originally Army only) Instituted: 1992 Silver Star Medal Silver Star Medal Criteria: Gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States or…Read more
Airman’s Medal

Airman’s Medal

Service: Air Force Instituted: 1960 Airman's Medal Criteria: Heroism involving voluntary risk of life under conditions other than those of actual conflict with an armed enemy Airman's Medal Devices: Bronze…Read more
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

Service: Marine Corps Instituted: 1896 Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during three years of continuous active enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps Devices: Bronze, Silver Star Notes: Earlier ribbon…Read more
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal - Criteria and Overview Instituted    1919/1921 Dates: 1919 to Present (retroactive to 1874) Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Criteria: Landings on foreign territory and operations against armed…Read more
Aerial Achievement Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Service: Air Force Instituted: 1988 Aerial Achievement Medal Criteria: Sustained meritor­ious achievement while participating in aerial flight Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster Notes: Considered on par with the Air…Read more
Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal Service: All Services Instituted: 1965 Dates: 1965-73 Vietnam Service Medal Criteria: Service in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, or Thailand during the above period. Prior to issuance of this…Read more
Army Commendation Medal – ARCOM

Army Commendation Medal – ARCOM

Service: Army Instituted: 1945 (retroactive to 1941) Army Commendation Medal Criteria: Heroism, meritor­ious achievement or meri­torious service Devices: Bronze letter “V” (for valor), Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster Notes: Originally…Read more