The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is awarded to military personnel for serving active duty in the borders of Afghanistan for a period of 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days. Those in combat or wounded in combat with enemy forces can get this medal no matter how many days spent in Afghanistan. Any personnel killed in action while serving in Afghanistan are awarded this medal. A Bronze Star is worn on the service medal for each campaign in which the service member has…
The Air Medal (AM) is given to military personnel for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight; awards may also be given to acknowledge single acts of merit or heroism. The AM is mainly intended to recognize those personnel who are on current crew member or non-crew member flying status which requires them to engage in aerial flight on a regular and frequent basis in the pursuit of their primary duties.
The American Campaign Medal - WWII (ACM) is granted to personnel who served one year of consecutive duty between December 7, 1941 to March 2, 1946 and within the continental boarders of the U.S., as well as to those who served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days of duty outside the borders of the U.S. but within the American Theater of Operations.
The American Defense Medal - WWII (ADSM) is granted to any military personnel who served between September 8, 1939 and December 6, 1941. U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps members are granted the ADSM for any length of active service during the eligible time frame.
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) is granted to personnel for their involvement in "any military campaign of the United States for which no other service medal is authorized." This includes the Cuban Missile Crisis between October 1962 and June 1963, actions in Lebanon, Taiwan, the Congo, Quemoy and Matsu, and for participation in Berlin between 1961 and 1963, initial operations in South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, Panama, Grenada, Libya, Operation Earnest Will, peacekeeping and…
The Armed Forces Reserve Medal - Marine Corps (AFRM) is granted to personnel who have completed 10 years of service as a member of a Reserve or National Guard component of the U.S. military. The service can be cumulative, given that the 10 years accumulate and are served over a period of 12 consecutive years. Voluntary recalls to active duty are not counted within the 10 years of service nor is service within the inactive reserves.
The Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) is an award of the U.S. military and was established on January 11th, 1996. The AFSM is given to personnel who partake in "significant activity" for which no other service or campaign medal is accredited. The term "significant activity" is determined by theater commanders and is usually deemed to be participation in a U.S. military operation considered to hold a high degree of scope, impact, and international significance.
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII (ACPM) was awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It was created on November 6th, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9265. Additional awards of the medal are represented by a bronze star device worn on the award. There are 21 Army and 48 Navy and Marine Corps approved campaigns for this medal.
The Bronze Star Medal (BSM or BSV) is an award presented to United States Armed Forces personnel for bravery, acts of merit or meritorious service. When awarded for combat heroism it is awarded with a V device for Valor. It is the fourth highest combat award of the Armed Forces. Originally created in February of 1944, this medal was retroactively awarded to many WWII veterans.
The China Relief Medal - Marine Corps is an award of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The medal was to recognize the Navy and Marine Corps' participation in the China Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion. Created on June 27th, 1908, the medal was awarded to Navy Sailors and Marine Corpsmen who performed military duty in China between the dates of May 24th, 1900 and May 17th, 1901.
The Civil War Campaign Medal - Marine Corps was retroactively awarded to all members of the United States Military who served during the American Civil War. It was first authorized in 1905 for the fortieth anniversary of the war's conclusion. Originally intended as a commemorative award, it was soon adopted as a military decoration due to to its popularity in the senior military ranks, many of whom were Civil War Veterans.
The Civilian Service in Vietnam Medals (SCVNM) is awarded by the Department of Defense to any civilian who worked for, or in a department operated by, the U.S. Department of State for a year (aggregate) or more in Vietnam anytime after January 1st, 1962.
The Cuban Pacification Medal - Marine Corps is given to members of the Armed Forces that have served in the U.S. occupation force, garrisoned on the island of Cuba between the dates of October 6th, 1906 and April 1th, 1909 or naval personnel afloat and ashore from September 12th, 1906 to April 1st, 1909. The medal was conceived to distinguish service during the withdrawal of the U.S. military presence in Cuba as an aftermath of the Spanish-American War.
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) is an award presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces. It is the third-highest award that the Department of Defense issues, and is awarded to those who distinguish themselves though non-combat meritorious service or achievement, in a joint capacity. Created on November 3rd, 1977 by President Jimmy Carter's Executive Order 12019, it was first awarded to Major Terrell G. Covington of the United States Army.
The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is the second highest award bestowed by the Department of Defense. Awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense, the award is presented to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility." Created on February 6th, 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford's Executive Order 11904, it is typically awarded only to senior officers of the Flag and General Officer grade.
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) is presented to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, while serving with the Department of Defense, who distinguishes themselves with exceptional performance of duty contributing to national security or defense of the United States.
The Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal was created in 2002 to recognize the heroic deeds preformed by civilians and members of the U.S. Armed Forces during the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks on the United States. It is to recognize individual acts of heroism and bravery that resulted in the saving of life or exceptional assistance in the rescue efforts following the attacks.
The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal (DFC) is an award that is bestowed upon any officer of enlisted personnel of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight." The first person to actually be presented with the medal was Charles Lindbergh after returning from his trans-Atlantic Flight.
The Dominican Campaign Medal - Marine Corps was created on December 29th, 1921 to commemorate the service of members of the Navy and Marine Corps who served in the Dominican Republic from May 5th to December 4th, 1916. The Campaign was to provide protection for American and Haitian diplomatic personnel after the outbreak of political unrest in the area. There are no approved devices for the award, and was bestowed only once.
The European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (EAMECM) is a military award that recognizes the service of U.S. Armed Forces personnel who preformed military duty in the European Theater during World War II. Created on November 6th, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9265 it was originally just a ribbon and there was not a full sized medal until 1947. The first recipient of the medal was General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower.
The First Haitian Campaign Medal - Marine Corps is a decoration presented by the U.S. Navy to recognize members of the Navy and Marine Corps who participated in naval peacekeeping operations in Haiti between the dates of July 9, - December 6, 1915 while serving for the United States fleet of Rear Admiral William B. Caperton.
The First Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - Marine Corps is a decoration presented by the U.S. Navy to recognize members of the Navy and Marine Corps who served in amphibious actions in Nicaragua between the dates of July, 29 and November 14, 1912. Personnel who served on the following vessels are eligible for this award: USS Annapolis, USS California, USS Cleveland, USS Colorado, USS Denver, USS Glacier, USS Maryland and USS Tacoma.
The French Croix de Guerre - WWII (Cross of War) is a French Military award commonly bestowed upon foreign military forces. Created in 1915 it can either be awarded as a unit award or as an individual award for distinguished service for acts of heroism during combat with the enemy. In the United States military it is one of the hardest awards to verify.