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Army Achievement Medal
The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
was first proposed as a means to recognize the contributions of junior officers[citation needed] and enlisted personnel who were not eligible to receive the higher Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal
or the Meritorious Service Medal. Each military service issues its own version of the Achievement Medal, with a fifth version authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense for joint military activity. The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
is awarded for outstanding achievement or meritorious service not of a nature that would otherwise warrant awarding the Commendation Medal
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United States Armed Forces
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Korean Service Medal
Korean War
Korean War
Service Medal (Korea) Korean Defense Service Medal United Nations
United Nations
Korea Medal National Defense Service Medal Presidential Unit Citation (Korea) Korean Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
ribbon & streamerThe Korean Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
(KSM) is a military award for service in the United States Armed Forces and was created in November 1950 by executive order of President Harry Truman. The Korean Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
is the primary United States military award for participation in the Korean War
Korean War
and is awarded to any U.S
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Bronze Star Medal
The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. Whenever the medal is awarded by the Army and Air Force for acts of valor in combat, the "V" Device
"V" Device
is authorized for wear on the medal, and whenever the medal is awarded by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for acts of valor or meritorious service in combat, the Combat "V" is authorized for wear on the medal. Officers from the other Uniformed Services of the United States are eligible to receive this award, as are foreign soldiers who have served with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.[5][6] Civilians serving with U.S. military forces in combat are also eligible for the award
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Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
Purple Heart
is a United States
United States
military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart
Purple Heart
is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members – the only earlier award being the obsolete Fidelity Medallion
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Air Medal
The Air Medal
Air Medal
is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The medal was created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.[5]Contents1 Criteria1.1 Army Air Forces (1942–1947) 1.2 Air Force (1947–present)1.2.1 Ribbon devices2 Variants2.1 US Air Force 2.2 US Army2.2.1 Air Medal
Air Medal
[Army] (1947–1968) 2.2.2 Air Medal
Air Medal
[Army] (1968–2006) 2.2.3 Air Medal
Air Medal
[Army] (2006–present) 2.2.4 Ribbon devices2.3 US Navy/US Marine Corps2.3.1 Ribbon devices 2.3.2 Ribbon devices (1989–2006)2.4 US Coast Guard2.4.1 Ribbon devices2.5 Civil Air Patrol3 Design 4 Notable recipients 5 References 6 External linksCriteria[edit] The Air Medal
Air Medal
was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942
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Defense Distinguished Service Medal
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
is a United States
United States
military award which is presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to the national security or defense of the United States. The medal was created on July 9, 1970 by President Richard Nixon in Executive Order 11545.[2]Contents1 Criteria 2 Appearance 3 Notable recipients 4 ReferencesCriteria[edit] It is the United States's highest non-combat related military award and it is the highest joint service decoration. The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is awarded only while assigned to a joint activity
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Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
The Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal is a United States military award which is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The current version of the medal was established in February 2003, retroactive to March 1, 2002.[2]Contents1 History 2 Order of precedence 3 Notable recipients 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] The decoration was originally established as the Transportation Distinguished Service Medal by Executive Order 12824, signed by President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
on December 7, 1992. On February 28, 2003, President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
signed Executive Order 13286, which, among other things, replaced the Transportation version of the award with the Homeland Security version retroactively to March 1, 2002
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Defense Superior Service Medal
The Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
(DSSM) is a senior American military decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility". The decoration is most often presented to senior officers in the flag and general officer grades, followed by a lesser number of colonels and USN and USCG captains. The medal is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense and was established by President Gerald R. Ford on February 6, 1976, in Executive Order 11904
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Defense Meritorious Service Medal
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
(DMSM) is an award bestowed upon members of the United States military
United States military
by the United States Department of Defense. In the order of precedence of the United States Armed Forces, it is worn between the Purple Heart
Purple Heart
and the Meritorious Service Medal. The medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in a joint activity, distinguish themselves by non-combat outstanding achievement or meritorious service, but not of a degree to warrant award of the Defense Superior Service Medal. The medal is not the same as the Meritorious Service Medal, which is a separate federal military decoration
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
(JMUA) is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348.27 dated July 22, 1982. The Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
was made retroactive to January 23, 1979.[6] History[edit] The Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
is the only ribbon award granted by the Department of Defense and is the organizational equivalent of the Defense Superior Service Medal
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National Defense Service Medal
Obverse: Shows a North American bald eagle, perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription "National Defense". Reverse: Shows a shield, taken from the coat of arms of the United States; it is half encircled below with an open wreath, the right side of oak leaves and laurel leaves the left. Ribbon: The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by narrow stripes of red, white, blue, white and wide red stripes.Clasps Service star
Service star
for subsequent awardsStatisticsEstablished Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953 (as amended by E.O. 11265, January 11, 1966; E.O. 12776, October 8, 1991; E.O
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Antarctica Service Medal
The Antarctica
Antarctica
Service Medal (ASM) was established by the United States Congress on July 7, 1960 under Public Law 600 of the 86th Congress.[3][4] The medal was intended as a military award to replace several commemorative awards which had been issued for previous Antarctica
Antarctica
expeditions from 1928 to 1941. With the creation of the Antarctica
Antarctica
Service Medal, the following commemorative medals were declared obsolete;Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal United States Antarctic Expedition MedalThe Antarctica
Antarctica
Service Medal is considered an award of the United States Armed Forces, issued in the name of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is authorized for wear on active duty uniforms. The medal may also be awarded to U.S
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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
(AFEM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces, which was first created in 1961 by Executive Order of President John Kennedy. The medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participated in U.S. military operations, U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations
United Nations
(UN), or U.S. operations of assistance for friendly foreign nations.Contents1 Appearance 2 Criteria 3 Approved operations3.1 U.S. military operations 3.2 U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations 3.3 U.S. operations in direct support of NATO
NATO
operations 3.4 U.S
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Legion Of Merit
The Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States[5] as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments. The Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(Commander degree) is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order (the other being the Medal of Honor) and the only United States military decoration which may be issued in award degrees (much like an order of chivalry or certain Orders of Merit).[6][7] The Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
is sixth in the order of precedence of all U.S. military awards and is worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross.[8] In contemporary use in the U.S
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Vietnam Service Medal
Service ribbon
Service ribbon
and campaign streamerThe Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
is a military award of the United States Armed Forces established on 8 July 1965 by order of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The medal is awarded to recognize service during the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
by all members of the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
provided they meet the award requirements. The distinctive design has been attributed to both sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, a former employee of the Army Institute of Heraldry[1] and Mercedes Lee who created the design.[2]Contents1 Award criteria 2 Medal and ribbon appearance 3 Vietnam War
Vietnam War
campaigns3.1 U.S. Department of Defense consolidated campaign periods 3.2 U.S
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