What Military Awards Do I Have That Aren’t On My DD214?

What Military Awards Do I Have That Aren’t On My DD214?

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These are the discussed medals and ribbon in this blog.

A lot of people have come up to me and asked about medals and ribbons that they may have earned during their service that aren’t on their paperwork. Thank goodness they do. First, I always say, listen, keep it pure – what is on your DD214 is what you should have mounted in your shadowbox. But, there are awards out there for a lot of Veterans that have been earned retroactively. I will give an example of the 3 more common retroactively awarded items in this article but I would also like to say that they are always coming out with new awards and new ways to honor our military service. We don’t expect you to keep up, so give us a call and we’d be happy to help. We can’t look up your personal awards, but we have the info on your unit awards and things of that nature.

Okay, so let’s do this in order of conflict. The first big award not listed on your DD214 – The Bronze Star Medal has been awarded to any World War II Veteran that earned the Combat Infantry Badge or Combat Medic Badge during the war.

The next award is the Republic of Korea War Service Medal instituted in 1991. Criteria: The Korean War Service Medal is awarded to all military personnel who served 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea or its territorial waters between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1953. It may also be awarded to aircrew personnel who flew combat or support missions over or to Korea. More info can be found on our website.

Alright, for our final award – the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (unit ribbon only award) – and the one that surprised me the most. All personnel who served in Vietnam are eligible to wear the RVN Gallantry Cross unit citation.

Pretty cool, right? Now get out there and tell your fellow Vets you know something they don’t.

(Gallantry Cross ref. TIOH – http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Catalog/Heraldry.aspx?HeraldryId=15473&CategoryId=9399&grp=12&menu=Decorations%20and%20Medals&ps=24&p=0)

(ROK War Service Medal ref. AF.Mil – http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=7846)

(Bronze Star ref. Institute of Heraldry – http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Catalog/Heraldry.aspx?HeraldryId=15252&CategoryId=3&grp=4&menu=Decorations%20and%20Medals&ps=24&p=0)

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There are 18 comments for this article
  1. Ronald S Roberts at 10:09 am
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    I recently ordered a shadowbox with some medals, and ribbons. I served in Vietnam in 1970 & 19 71. Do I qualify for the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon?

  2. Mark at 7:29 am
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    I served a 1 year tour in Korea in 1996, which I believe qualifies me for the Korea Defense Service Medal. I also served for 3 years in the National Guard, honorably discharged. I believe I qualify for the Army National Guard Achievement Medal. If its possible, how can I get those awards?

  3. Jim. Orzechowski at 10:04 am
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    You forgot to put the Korean Defense Ser. Medal. Dates 1954-TBD. I received mine.Served 85 to 86 in Korea. Also you don`t carry Army Lapel Button. I think it`s only for infantry that`s the only people I know that have received it. trying to find one. it`s gold red back ground with a soldier on it. Will you ever make any of these ? mine was stolen with all my other medals.

  4. David Strickland at 2:12 pm
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    Dear sir: I served in Korea from sept 1954 to jan 1956. I'm a 100 percent 80 yr service connected disabled veteran .My uniform I wore home (the only clothes I was given) had Korean war era ribbons on it and other memos on it. My daughter made me a small shadow box with these items. I treasure this greatly. My g-son brought me a jacket from MOA that has ( Korean "war " veteran ) embroider on it . My children are now building ( with your help ) a shadow box for me. They went by the dates 1954-1956 service in Korea. My records were burned. I' m very ill and they told it could take years to get my old records. A my disabled record shows I served in war time and peace time. I read where this time was changed by congress to Jan 25, 1955. This means a lot to me. Thanks for all you have done for me . Please reply soon as any help is appreciated .

  5. Stephen Jameson QM3 at 12:43 pm
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    Not sure it is specific to the Navy and Marines, but per SECNAVINST 1650.1H Aug 22,2006, all Navy and Marine personnel who served in-country between 1Jan1965 to 28Mar1973 are eligible for the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation AND the Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation. Excerpt from the SECNAVINST:
    "c. In addition to those specific ships/units cited,
    all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country"
    Vietnam during the eligibility periods are eligible for both
    awards."

  6. Norman Melvin at 3:28 pm
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    I'm a Desert Storm veteran and since combat engineers cannot get a CIB, is there an award now for us. I was with the 24th Infantry Division, 3rd engineer Battalion.

  7. Ken Colgate at 12:36 pm
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    I am trying to help my Father display his WWII medals. His "WD AGO Form 53 – 55" (DD214?) states he earned one bronze star. We have not been able to find it in any of his old stuff. He was in the 303rd Combat Engineer Battalion with the 78th Infantry Division during their push on the northern flank of the Battle of the Bulge, 16 Dec to 22 Dec, 1944. Can you give me any information of how I can get a replacement for his Bronze Star? I am also interested in talking to others that may know where the 303rd soldiers were between 22 Nov, when they landed in France with the 78th and 19 Dec, when the reconnected with the 78th near Simmerath.

  8. Ernest Delgado at 3:32 pm
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    Served in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam in the years 1967 thru 1968. I was an 0311 rifleman with Third Marine Regiment specifically Third Marine Division. I am told by other Veterans that I have multiple both Presidential and Navy/Marine unit citations I have earned that are not part of my DD214. I have been told that Medals of America have people that are historians or at least familiar with all medals that have been earned by units while in country. Is this true?
    If true can I be contacted so that I can find out exactly what ribbons I should order in order to build my shadow box as well as ribbons I would wear during Marine Corps ceremonies.

  9. David Bryant at 11:31 am
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    I served 31 consecutive days and then some others in Cartagena Columbia. do i now get the overseas ribbon and a service ribbon from there?

  10. T. Michael Kuhn at 10:55 am
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    I served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, from 1951 t01955. I was a flight crew member flying patrols out of Okinawa. Do I NOW qualify for the Korean Service medals??? Thank you for your help

  11. Stephen Mapa at 1:13 am
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    I was aircrew in 1 of 4 Naval Air Reserve Patrol Squadrons that was activated during the 1961-62 Berlin Crisis. We flew multitudes of Long Range over-the-water ASW & Maritime Patrols during our 10-months of active service. All 4 Squadrons rotated through NAS/Guantanamo Bay during the period DEC 1961 through JUN 1962. Our Squadron performed their rotation during the month of MAR 1962 wherein we flew 10 to 16 hour patrols every 3rd day so that the squadron could fulfill their 24/7 Fleet commitments.
    A few years ago a former crew member in our squadron informed me that he (and 15-others) had their service jackets updated in 1970 by their Naval Air Reserve Squadron and were awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal (NEM) for their service in Cuba.
    I made several attempts to have my DD-214 updated to include my service in Cuba and also be awarded the NEM. I was unsuccessful because I was told that our Squadron (VP-933) was not on CNO’s authorized list of units eligible for the NEM.
    As a side note, the fully armed Marines who served alongside of us and who protected our backs 24/7 from the enemy (Fidel Castro’s Army) were awarded the Marine Expeditionary Medal for their service.
    Any guidance that will help correct my dilemma would be appreciated.

  12. Phil Cox at 6:22 pm
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    I received a Meritorious Medal in 1984 when I Ieft Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. It never made it to my DD214. I have the citation, but can’t locate it. Is there anything I can do?

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