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Federal military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal Designer First Recipient
Medal of Honor ribbon (original)

Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor (Navy) 21 Dec 1861 Act of Congress
(12 Stat. 329-330, 37th Congress)
15 Apr 1861
Medal of Honor, Navy (medal only)
* R.T.G. Winkler (original design)
* Anthony C. Paquet (original sculptor)
John Williams, USN
Medal of Honor (Army) 12 Jul 1862 Act of Congress (No. 82)
(12 Stat. 623-624, 37th Congress)
15 Apr 1861 Medal of Honor, Army (medal only) * R.T.G. Winkler (original design)
* Anthony C. Paquet (original sculptor)
Jacob Parrot, USA
Medal of Honor (Air Force) 14 Apr 1965 Act of Congress
(Public Law 86-593, 86th Congress)
01 Nov 1965 Medal of Honor, Air Force (medal only) * Lewis J. King, Jr. Bernard F. Fisher, USAF
Silver Star Silver Star Medal
* Citation Star (1918 - 1932)
12 Jan 1918;
19 Jul 1932
POTUS Woodrow Wilson
(WD General Orders no. 6);
Act of Congress
(Public Law 193, 65th Congress)
15 Apr 1861 Silver Star (medal only) * Rudolf Freund Douglas MacArthur, USA
Silver Star Medal (Navy) 07 Aug 1942 Act of Congress
(Public Law 702, 77th Congress)
06 Dec 1941
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit 29 Jul 1942 Act of Congress
(Public Law 671, 77th Congress);
POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9260)
08 Sep 1939 Legion of Merit (medal only) * Ralph T. Heard (designed)
* Katharine W. Lane (sculpted)
Ann A. Bernatitus, USN
Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross 02 Jul 1926 Act of Congress
(Public Law 446, 69th Congress)
03 Jul 1927 Distinguished Flying Cross (medal only) * Arthur E. DuBois
* Elizabeth Will
Charles A. Lindbergh, USA
Distinguished Flying Cross (Coast Guard) 30 Jul 1937 Act of Congress
(Public Law 234, 75th Congress)
03 Jul 1927
Bronze Star Bronze Star Medal 94 Feb 1944 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9419)
07 Dec 1941 Bronze Star (medal only) * Rudolf Freund
Purple Heart Purple Heart
* Badge of Military Merit (1782)
07 Aug 1782;
22 Feb 1932
GEN George Washington
(Continental General Orders);
War Department
(General Order no. 3)
05 Apr 1917
Purple Heart (medal only)
* John R. Sinnock Douglas MacArthur, USA
Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal 16 Jan 1969 POTUS Lyndon B. Johnson
(Executive Order 11448)
16 Jan 1969 Meritorious Service Medal (medal only) * Jay Morris (designed)
* Lewis J. King, Jr. (sculpted)
Frank W. Hannegan, USN
Air Medal Air Medal 11 May 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9158)
08 Sep 1939 Air Medal (medal only) * Walker Hancock

Department level military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal Designer First Recipient
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Defense Distinguished Service Medal 09 Jul 1970 POTUS Richard M. Nixon
(Executive Order 11545)
09 Jul 1970 Defense Distinguished Service Medal (medal only) * Mildred Orloff
* Lewis J. King, Jr
GEN Earle G. Wheeler, USA
Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
* Transportation Distinguished Service Medal (1992 - 2003)
07 Dec 1992;
28 Feb 2003
POTUS George H. W. Bush
(Executive Order 12824)
POTUS George W. Bush
(Executive Order 13286)
01 Mar 2002 Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal (medal only) * Nadine Russell ADM Thad W. Allen, USCG
Defense Superior Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal 06 Feb 1976 POTUS Gerald R. Ford
(Executive Order 11904)
06 Feb 1976 Defense Superior Service Medal (medal only) * Mildred Orloff
* Lewis J. King, Jr.
BG John G. Jones, USA
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal 03 Nov 1977 POTUS James E. Carter
(Executive Order 12019)
03 Nov 1977 Defense Meritorious Service Medal (medal only) * Lewis J. King, Jr. MAJ Terrell G. Covington, USA
Joint Service Commendation Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal 25 Jun 1963 SECDEF Robert E. McNamar 01 Jan 1963 Joint Service Commendation Medal (medal only) * Stafford F. Potter LTC Bruce F. Meyers, USMC
Joint Service Achievement Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal 03 Aug 1983 SECDEF Caspar W. Weinberger 03 Aug 1983 Joint Service Achievement Medal (medal only) *Jay Morris (designed)
* Donald Borja (sculpted)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
(Army)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (Navy)
(Navy)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (Air Force)
(Air Force)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 04 Jun 1981 SECDEF Caspar W. Weinberger
(Directive 1348.27)
23 Jan 1979 * Unknown

United States Army military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal Designer First Recipient
Decorations
Certificate of Merit Medal Certificate of Merit Medal
* Certificate of Merit (1847 - 1848; 1874 - 1905)
03 Mar 1847
11 Jan 1905
Act of Congress 13 May 1846 - 1918 * Francis D. Millet 1LT William B. Baker
Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Service Cross 02 Jan 1918 POTUS Woodrow Wilson;
War Department
(General Orders no. 6)
06 Apr 1917 - Present * Andre Smith (designed)
* Aymar Embury (modified)
* John R. Sinnock (final design)
2LT John N. Greene
SGT William M. Norton
PVT Patrick Walsh
Army Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal 02 Jan 1918 POTUS Woodrow Wilson;
War Department
(General Orders no. 6)
06 Apr 1917 - Present * Aymar E. Embury, III (designed)
* Gaetano Cecere (sculpted)
Group
Soldier's Medal Soldier's Medal 02 Jul 1926 Act of Congress
(Public Law 446, 69th Congress)
02 Jul 1926 - Present * Gaetano Cecere John F. Burns
Army Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal
* Commendation Ribbon w/ Metal Pendant (1949 - 1960)
* Army Commendation Ribbon (1945 - 1949)
18 Dec 1945 SECWAR Robert P. Patterson;
War Department
(Circular 377)
07 Dec 1941 - Present * Thomas H. Jones
Army Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal 02 Mar 1981 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 01 Aug 1981 - Present * Jay Morris (designed)
* Donald Borja (sculpted)
Good Conduct
Army Good Conduct Medal Army Good Conduct Medal 28 Jun 1941 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 8809)
26 Aug 1941 - Present * Joseph Kiselewski
* Arthur E. DuBois (ribbon)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal 03 Mar 1971 SECARMY Stanley R. Resor
Department of the Army;
(General Orders no. 30)
03 Mar 1972 - Present * Arnold P. Simmons
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
* Distinguished Unit Citation (1941 - 1966)
26 Feb 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9075)
07 Dec 1941 - Present - - -
Valorous Unit Award Valorous Unit Award 03 Aug 1964 C/S Earle G. Wheeler 03 Aug 1963 - Present - - -
Meritorious Unit Citation Meritorious Unit Commendation
* Meritorious Service Unit Plaque (1944 - 1966)
23 Aug 1944 SECWAR Henry L. Stimson;
War Department
(Circular 345)
01 Jan 1944 - Present - - -
Superior Unit Award Superior Unit Award 08 Apr 1985 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 08 Apr 1985 - Present - - -
Service Ribbons
Army Wound Ribbon Wound Ribbon 06 Sep 1917 SECWAR Newton D. Baker 06 Sep 1917 - 12 Oct 1917 - * Unknown (never awarded)
Army Sea Duty Ribbon Army Sea Duty Ribbon 17 Apr 2006 01 Aug 1952 - Present - * Unknown
Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon NCO Professional Development Ribbon 10 Apr 1981 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 01 Aug 1981 - Present - * Unknown
Army Service Ribbon Army Service Ribbon 19 Apr 1981 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 01 Aug 1981 - Present - * Unknown
Army Overseas Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon 10 Apr 1981 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 01 Aug 1952 - Present - * Unknown
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon 11 Jul 1984 SECARMY John O. Marsh, Jr. 11 Jul 1984 - Present - * Unknown

United States Navy military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal Designer First Recipient
Personal Decorations
Marine Corps Brevet Medal Marine Corps Brevet Medal 27 Jun 1921 SECNAV Edwin C. Denby 08 Sep 1863 - 03 Mar 1915 * Joseph A. Burnett group
Navy Cross Navy Cross 04 Feb 1919 Act of Congress
(Public Law 253, 65th Congress)
06 Apr 1917 - Present * James E. Fraser
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal 04 Feb 1919 Act of Congress
(Public Law 253, 65th Congress)
06 Apr 1917 - Present * Paul Manship BG Charles A. Doyen, USMC
Specially Meritorious Service Medal Specially Meritorious Service Medal, 1898 03 March 1901 Act of Congress
(Public Resolution no. 18, 56th Congress)
01 May 1898 - 16 Aug 1898 * Unknown
Navy and Marine Corps Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal 07 Aug 1942 Act of Congress
(Public Law 702, 77th Congress)
06 Dec 1941 - Present * McClelland Barclay (designed)
* John R. Sinnock (sculpted)
* M. A. Crawford (ribbon)
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
* Navy Commendation Ribbon With Metal Pendant (1950-60)
* Navy Commendation Ribbon (1943-50)
01 Nov 1943 SECNAV Frank Knox
(ALNAV 11)
07 Dec 1941 - Present * Thomas H. Jones
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
* Navy Achievement Medal (1967)
* SECNAV Commendation for Achievement Medal (1964)
* SECNAV Commendation for Achievement (1961)
01 May 1961 SECNAV John B. Connally
(SECNAVINST 1650.12)
01 May 1961 - Present * Arnold P. Simmons (designed)
* Lewis J. King, Jr. (sculpted)
[[File: Combat Action Ribbon 17 Feb 1969 SECNAV John H. Chafee
(SECNAVNOTE 1650)
07 Dec 1941 - Present -
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation (Navy & Marine) Presidential Unit Citation (Navy) 06 Feb 1942;
03 Feb 1943
POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9050);
Navy Department General Order no. 187
14 Oct 1941 - Present - - -
Navy Unit Commendation Navy Unit Commendation 19 Dec 1944 SECNAV James V. Forrestal 07 Dec 1941 - Present - - -
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy & Marine Corps) Meritorious Unit Commendation 17 Jul 1967 SECNAV John T. McNaughton 17 Jul 1967 - Present - - -
Battle Efficiency Ribbon Navy "E" Ribbon 00 Jul 1976 SECNAV J. William Middendorf 01 Jul 1974 - Present - - -
Good Conduct Medals
Navy Good Conduct Medal Navy Good Conduct Medal 26 Apr 1869 SECNAV Adolph E. Borie 1961 - Present * Winfield S. Schley
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal 20 Jul 1896 SECNAV Hilary A. Herbert;
Navy Department Special Orders no. 49
20 Jul 1896 - Present * Charles Heywood SGT Friedrick Barchewitz
Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
* Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Ribbon (1962-64)
25 Jun 1962 SECNAV Fred A. Korth 01 Jul 1958 - Present * Institute of Heraldry Staff
Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
* Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal (1939-84)
* Fleet Marine Corps Reserve Medal (1939)
19 Feb 1939 SECNAV Paul K. Spaulding 01 Jul 1925 - Present * John R. Sinnock
Expeditionary Medals
Service Ribbon Awards
[[File: Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon *
[[File: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Arctic Service Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon *
[[File: Marine Corps Recruiting Service Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon *
[[File: Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon *
[[File: Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon *
[[File: Marine Corps Combat Instructor Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Ceremonial Duty Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbon *
Marksmanship
[[File: Navy Expert Rifleman Medal *
[[File: Navy Sharpshooter Rifle Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal *
[[File: Navy Sharpshooter Pistol Shot Ribbon *
[[File: Navy Pistol Shot Ribbon *

United States Air Force military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Awarded For Medal Obverse Medal Reverse Designer First Recipient
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United States Coast Gard military decorationsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Awarded For Medal Obverse Medal Reverse Designer First Recipient
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Campaign/Service MedalsEdit

Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal
Designer
First Recipient
Prisoner of War Medal Prisoner of War Medal 14 Nov 1986 Act of Congress
(Public Law 99-145, 99th Congress)
05 Apr 1917 - Present * Jay C. Morris COM Everett Alverez, USN
19th century
Civil War Campaign Medal (Alt.)
(1907 version)
Civil War Campaign Medal
(1913 version)
Civil War Campaign Medal 21 Jan 1907 War Department
(General Order no. 12)
15 Apr 1861 - 09 Apr 1865 * Francis D. Millet MG Charles F. Humphrey
Indian Campaign Medal (pre-1917 version)
(1907 version)
Indian Campaign Medal
(1917 version)
Indian Campaign Medal 21 Jan 1907 War Department
(General Order no. 12)
Various * Francis D. Millet MG Charles F. Humphrey
Dewey Medal Dewey Medal 03 Jun 1898 Act of Congress
(Public Resolution no. 38, 56th Congress)
01 May 1898 * Daniel C. French ADM George Dewey
Sampson Medal Sampson Medal 03 Mar 1901 Act of Congress
(Joint Resolution no. 18, 56th Congress)
27 Apr 1898 - 14 Aug 1898 * Charles E. Barber (obverse)
* George T. Morgan (reverse)
RADM William T. Sampson
Cardenas Medal of Honor Cardenas Medal of Honor 03 May 1900 Act of Congress
(Joint Resolution, 56th Congress)
11 May 1898 * Charles Morgan 2LT Frank M. Newcomb
West Indies Campaign Medal West Indies Campaign Medal 27 Jun 1908 Navy Department
(Special Order no. 81-82)
01 May 1898 - 16 Aug 1898 * Rudolf Freund RADM John E. Pillsbury
Spanish Campaign Medal (pre-1913)
(1905 version)
Spanish Campaign Medal
(1913 version)
Spanish Campaign Medal (Army) 12 Jan 1905 War Department
(General Order no. 5)
11 May 1898 - 16 Aug 1898 * Francis D. Millet MG Charles F. Humphrey
Spanish Campaign Medal Spanish Campaign Medal (Navy) 27 Jun 1908 Navy Department
(Special Order no. 81-82)
01 May 1898 - 16 Aug 1898 * Rudolf Freund ADM George Dewey
Spanish War Service Medal Spanish War Service Medal 09 Jul 1918 Act of Congress
(Public Law 873, 65th Congress)
20 Apr 1898 - 11 Apr 1899 * John R. M. Taylor (obverse)
* Rudolf Freund (reverse)
MG Charles M. Clement
Army of Cuban Occupation Medal Army of Cuban Occupation Medal 28 Jun 1915 War Department
(General Order no. 40)
18 Jul 1898 - 20 May 1902 * James B. Aleshire MG Leonard Wood
Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal 04 Feb 1919 War Department
(Compilation of Orders, Change 15)
14 Aug 1898 - 10 Dec 1898 * Francis D. Millet COL Charles E. Morton
Philippine Campaign Medal Philippine Campaign Medal (Army) 12 Jan 1905 War Department
(General Order no. 05)
04 Feb 1899 - 31 Dec 1913 * Francis D. Millet MG Charles F. Humphrey
Philippine Campaign Medal (pre-1913 Navy version)
(1908 version)
Philippine Campaign Medal
(1913 version)
Philippine Campaign Medal (Navy) 27 Jun 1908 Navy Department
(Special Order no. 81-82)
04 Feb 1899 - 31 Dec 1904 * Rudolf Freund ADM George Dewey
Philippine Congressional Medal Philippine Congressional Medal 09 Jul 1906 Act of Congress
(Public Law 360, 59th Congress)
Various * Francis D. Millet PVT Joseph A. McGary
Early 20th century
China Campaign Medal China Campaign Medal 12 Jan 1905 War Department
(General Order no. 5)
20 Jun 1900 - 27 May 1901 China Campaign Medal (medal only) * Francis D. Millet MG Charles F. Humphrey
China Relief Expedition Medal 27 Jun 1907 Navy Department
(Special Order no. 81-82)
20 Jun 1900 - 27 May 1901 China Relief Expedition Medal (medal only) * Rudolf Freund RADM Bowman H. McCalla
Perry Polar Expedition Medal Peary Polar Expedition Medal 28 Jan 1944 Act of Congress
(Private Law 166, 78th Congress)
1908 - 1909 Peary Polar Expedition Medal (medal only) * John R. Sinnock Group
Army of Cuban Pacification Medal Army of Cuban Pacification Medal 11 May 1909 War Department
(General Order no. 96)
06 Oct 1906 - 01 Apr 1909 Army of Cuban Pacification Medal (medal only) * James B. Aleshire MG Thomas H. Barry
Cuban Pacification Medal 13 Aug 1909 Navy Department
(General Order no. 35)
06 Oct 1906 - 01 Apr 1909 Cuban Pacification Medal (medal only) * Rudolf Freund
Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1912) First Nicaraguan Campaign Medal 22 Sep 1913 POTUS Woodrow Wilson 29 July 1912 - 14 Nov 1912 First Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (medal only) * Rudolf Freund RADM William H. H. Sutherland
COL Joseph H. Pendleton, USMC
Haitian Campaign Medal First Haitian Campaign Medal 22 Jun 1917 Navy Department
(General Order no. 305)
09 Jul 1915 - 06 Dec 1915 First Haitian Campaign Medal (medal only) * Rudolf Freund RADM William B. Caperton
Dominican Campaign Medal Dominican Campaign Medal 29 Dec 1921 Navy Department
(General Order no. 76)
05 May 1916 - 04 Dec 1916 Dominican Campaign Medal (medal only) * Joseph A. Burnett (designed)
* Adolph A. Weinman (sculpted)
World War I era
Mexican Service Medal Mexican Service Medal (Army) 12 Dec 1917 War Department
(General Order no. 155)
12 Apr 1911 - 16 Jun 1919
Mexican Service Medal, Army (medal only)
* John R. M. Taylor (designed)
* John R. Sinnock (sculpted)
GOA John J. Pershing
Mexican Service Medal (Navy) 11 Feb 1918 Navy Department
(General Order no. 365)
12 Apr 1911 - 07 Feb 1917
Mexican Service Medal, Navy (medal only)
* Rudolf Freund
Mexican Border Service Medal Mexican Border Service Medal 09 Jul 1918 Act of Congress
(Public Law 873, 65th Congress)
01 Jan 1916 - 06 Apr 1917
Mexican Border Service Medal (medal only)
* John R. M. Taylor (obverse)
* Rudolf Freund (reverse)
* John R. Sinnock (sculpted)
MG Charles M. Clement
Cavalry Service Medal (Texas) Texas Cavalry Service Medal 16 Apr 1924 Act of Congress
(Public Law 91, 68th Congress)
08 Dec 1917 - 11 Nov 1918
Texas Cavalry Service Medal (medallion only)
* Anthony de Francisci BG Jacob F. Wolters
World War I Victory Medal World War I Victory Medal (Army)
* Victory Medal (1919-47)
09 Apr 1919 War Department
(General Order no. 48)
06 Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918;
12 Nov 1918 - 05 Aug 1919;
23 Nov 1918 - 01 Apr 1920
World War I Victory Medal1
* James E. Fraser GEN Peyton C. March
World War I Victory Medal (Navy)
* Victory Medal (1919-47)
30 Jul 1919 Navy Department
(General Order no. 482)
06 Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918;
12 Nov 1918 - 05 Aug 1919;
23 Nov 1918 - 01 Apr 1920
* James E. Fraser
Army of Occupation of Germany Army of Occupation of Germany Medal 21 Nov 1941 Act of Congress
(Public Law 322, 77th Congress)
12 Nov 1918 - 11 Jul 1923
Army of Occupation of Germany Medal (medal only)
* Trygve A. Rovelstand GOA John J. Pershing
Inter war era
Navy Expeditionary Medal Navy Expeditionary Medal 15 Aug 1936 Navy Department
(General Order no. 82)
12 Feb 1874 - Present * Vincent Glinsky (designed)
* Adolph A. Weinman (sculpted)
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
* Marine Corps Expeditionary Ribbon (1919-21)
08 May 1919 Navy Department (USMC)
(General Order no. 33)
12 Feb 1874 - Present * S.W. Bogan (ribbon)
* Walker Hancock (medal design)
SGT Roy L. Kinna
NC-4 Medal NC-4 Medal 09 Feb 1929 Act of Congress
(Public Law 714, 70th Congress)
00 May 1919 * Catherine G. Barton Group
Haitian Campaign Medal Second Haitian Campaign Medal 29 Dec 1921 Navy Department
(General Order no. 77)
01 Apr 1919 - 15 Jun 1920 * Rudolf Freund
Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1933) Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal 08 Nov 1929 Navy Department
(General Order no. 197)
27 Aug 1926 - 02 Jan 1933 * Albert Stewart RADM William H. H. Sutherland
Yangtze Service Medal Yangtze Service Medal 28 Apr 1930 Navy Department
(General Order no. 205)
03 Sep 1926 - 31 Dec 1932 Yangtze Service Medal (medal only) * John R. Sinnock
Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal (1928-1930) Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal 23 May 1930 Act of Congress
(Public Resolution no. 75, 71st Congress)
1928 - 1930 Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal (medal only) * Francis H. Packer RADM Richard E. Byrd
Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal (1933-1935) Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal 02 Jun 1936 Act of Congress
(Public Resolution no. 98, 74th Congress)
1933 - 1935 Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal (medal only) * Heinz Warnicke RADM Richard E. Byrd
World War II era
China Service Medal China Service Medal 23 Aug 1940 Navy Department
(General Order no. 135)
07 Jul 1937 - 07 Sep 1939
02 Sep 1945 - 01 Apr 1957
China Service Medal (medal only) * George H. Snowden
American Defense Service Medal American Defense Service Medal 28 Jun 1941 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 8808)
08 Sep 1939 - 07 Dec 1941 American Defense Service Medal (medal only) * Joseph Kiselewski (designed)
* Lee Lawrie (sculpted)
* Arthur E. DuBois (ribbon)
Women's Army Corps Service Medal Women's Army Corps Service Medal 29 Jul 1943 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9365)
10 Jul 1942 - 02 Sep 1945 Women's Army Corps Service Medal (medal only) * Thomas H. Jones
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
* American Theater Ribbon (1942 - 1947)
06 Nov 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9265)
07 Dec 1941 - 02 Mar 1946 American Campaign Medal (medal only) * Thomas H. Jones (obverse)
* Adolph A. Weinman (reverse)
GOA George C. Marshall
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
* Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon (1942 - 1947)
06 Nov 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9265)
07 Dec 1941 - 02 Mar 1946 Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (medal only) * Thomas H. Jones (obverse)
* Adolph A. Weinman (reverse)
GOA Douglas MacArthur
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
* EAME Theater Ribbon (1942 - 1947)
06 Nov 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9265)
07 Dec 1941 - 02 Mar 1946 European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (medal only) * Thomas H. Jones (obverse)
* Adolph A. Weinman (reverse)
GOA Dwight D. Eisenhower
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
* Victory Ribbon (1945 - 1946)
06 Jul 1945 Act of Congress
(Public Law 135, 79th Congress)
07 Dec 1941 - 31 Dec 1946 *Thomas H. Jones
United States Antarctic Expedition Medal (1939-1941) United States Antarctic Expedition Medal 24 Sep 1945 Act of Congress
(Public Law 185, 79th Congress)
1939 - 1941 * John R. Sinnock RADM Richard E. Byrd
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal 05 Apr 1946 War Department
(General Order no. 32)
Various * Thomas H. Jones GOA Dwight D. Eisenhower
GOA Douglas MacArthur
Army of Occupation Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal 22 Jan 1947 Navy Department
(General Order no. 10)
Various * Adolph A. Weinman
American Typhus Commission Medal American Typhus Commission Medal 24 Dec 1942 POTUS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Executive Order 9285)
24 Dec 1942 - 30 Jun 1946 * Unknown
Medal for Humane Action Medal for Humane Action 20 Jul 1949 Act of Congress
(Public Law 178, 81st Congress)
26 Jun 1948 - 30 Sep 1949 * Thomas H. Jones
Late 20th century
National Defense Service Medal National Defense Service Medal 22 Apr 1953 POTUS Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Executive Order 10448)
27 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 1954;
01 Jan 1961 - 14 Aug 1974;
02 Aug 1990 - 30 Nov 1995;
11 Sep 2001 - Present
National Defense Service Medal (medal only) * Thomas H. Jones
Korean Service Medal Korean Service Medal 08 Nov 1950 POTUS Harry S. Truman
(Executive Order 10179)
27 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 1954 * Thomas H. Jones 1LT Howard W. Cardoza
Antarctica Service Medal Antarctica Service Medal 07 Jul 1960 Act of Congress
(Public Law 86-600, 86th Congress)
01 Jan 1946 - Present * Rawson K. Moore (designed)
* Thomas H. Jones (sculpted)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 04 Dec 1961 POTUS John F. Kennedy
(Executive Order 10977)
Various * Mercedes Lee (designed)
* Frank King (sculpted)
Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal 08 Jul 1965 POTUS Lyndon B. Johnson
(Executive Order 11231)
04 Jul 1965 - 28 Mar 1973 * Mercedes Lee (designed)
* Frank King (sculpted)
Southwest Asia Service Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal 12 Mar 1991 POTUS George H. W. Bush
(Executive Order 12754)
02 Aug 1990 - 30 Nov 1995 * Nadine Russell
Kosovo Campaign Medal Kosovo Campaign Medal 03 May 2000 POTUS William J. Clinton
(Executive Order 13154)
Various * Nadine Russell
Armed Forces Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal 11 Jan 1996 POTUS William J. Clinton
(Executive Order 12985)
01 Jun 1992 - Present * Nadine Russell
Humanitarian Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal 19 Jan 1977 POTUS Gerald R. Ford
(Executive Order 11965)
01 Apr 1972 - Present * Arnold P. Simmons
Armed Forces Reserve Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal 25 Sep 1950 POTUS Harry S. Truman
(Executive Order 10163)
25 Sep 1950 - Present * Thomas H. Jones
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal 09 Jan 1993 POTUS George H. W. Bush
(Executive Order 12830)
01 Dec 1993 - Present * Nadine Russell
21st century
Afghanistan Campaign Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal 29 Nov 2004 POTUS George W. Bush
(Executive Order 13363)
11 Sep 2001 - Present * Various
Iraq Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal 29 Nov 2004 POTUS George W. Bush
(Executive Order 13363)
19 Mar 2003 - 31 Dec 2011 * Various
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 12 Mar 2003 POTUS George W. Bush
(Executive Order 13289)
11 Sep 2001 - Present * John Sproston
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 12 Mar 2003 POTUS George W. Bush
(Executive Order 13289)
11 Sep 2001 - Present * John Sproston
Korea Defense Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal 02 Dec 2002 National Defense Authorization Act
(Public Law 107-314)
28 Jul 1954 - Present * John Sproston
Air and Space Campaign Medal Air and Space Campaign Medal 24 Apr 2002 SECAF James G. Roche 24 Mar 2002 - Present * Various
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal 27 May 2014 SECAF Deborah L. James 01 Jun 1992 - Present * Various


Ribbon Name Established Authority Effective Date Medal
Obverse
Medal
Designer
First Recipient
Campaign/Service Medals without a order of precedence
No Ribbon Civil War Survivors' Medal 18 Jul 1956 Act of Congress
(Public Law 730, 84th Congress)
15 Apr 1861 - 09 Apr 1865 * Gilroy Roberts Group
Walter Reed Medal Walter Reed Medal 28 Feb 1929 Act of Congress
(Public Law 858, 70th Congress)
1900 - 1901 * Thomas H. Jones Walter Reed
Four Chaplains' Medal Four Chaplains' Medal 14 Jul 1960 Act of Congress
(Public Law 86-656, 86th Congress)
02 Feb 1943 * Thomas H. Jones Group (posthumously)
Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Missing in Action Medal 24 Sep 1983 Act of Congress
(Public Law 98-94, 98th Congress)
04 Jul 1965 - 28 Mar 1973 * Thomas M. Nielson LTC Earl P. Hopper, Jr.

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