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U.S. Military Service Medals

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/22/2015

Like every soldier, every medal has a unique story to tell.

The listing below showcases the various medals / ribbons that have been awarded to members of the United States military. The colors showcased for each are representative of their real-life counterparts though age / fading may present differences, sometimes making precise identification much more difficult.


There are a total of 57 U.S. Military Medals / Service Ribbons in the Military Factory database. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order descending.


Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: November 29th, 2004

Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal

Date Authorized: Not Available.

Air Force Airman's Medal

Date Authorized: Not Available.

Air Medal

Date Authorized: May 11th, 1942

American Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: November 6th, 1942

American Defense Service Medal

Date Authorized: June 28th, 1941

Antarctica Service Medal

Date Authorized: November 28th, 1960

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Date Authorized: December 4th, 1961

Army Achievement Medal

Date Authorized: April 13th, 1981

Army Commendation Medal

Date Authorized: December 18th, 1945

Army Occupation of Germany, World War 1

Date Authorized: November 21st, 1941

Army of Cuban Occupation Medal

Date Authorized: June 1915

Army of Cuban Pacification Medal

Date Authorized:

Army of Occupation of Puerto Rico Medal

Date Authorized: February 4th, 1919

Army of Occupation Service Medal, World War 2

Date Authorized: April 5th, 1946

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: November 6th, 1942

Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award (USCG)

Date Authorized:

Bronze Star Medal

Date Authorized: February 4th, 1944

China Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: January 12th, 1905

Civil War Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: 1906

Distinguished Flying Cross

Date Authorized: July 2nd, 1936

Distinguished Service Cross

Date Authorized: January 2nd, 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson per General Pershing

Distinguished Service Medal

Date Authorized: January 2nd, 1918 by Presidential Order

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: November 6th, 1942

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Date Authorized: March 12th, 2003

Good Conduct Medal (Army)

Date Authorized: June 28th, 1941

Guardian Medal, The (USCG)

Date Authorized: February 28th, 2003

Indian Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: 1907

Iraq Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: November 29th, 2004

Joint Service Achievement

Date Authorized: August 3, 1983

Joint Service Commendation

Date Authorized: June 25th, 1963

Korean Service Medal

Date Authorized: November 8th, 1950

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: May 3rd, 2000

Legion of Merit

Date Authorized: April 3rd, 1942

Legion of Merit (USCG)

Date Authorized:

Medal for Humane Action (Berlin Airlift)

Date Authorized: July 20th, 1949

Medal of Honor

Date Authorized: August 7th, 1792 (as the Badge of Military Merit) by General George Washington

Meritorious Service Medal

Date Authorized: January 16th, 1969

Mexican Border Service Medal

Date Authorized: July 9th, 1918

Mexican Service Medal

Date Authorized: December 12th, 1917

National Defense Service Medal

Date Authorized: April 22nd, 1953

Navy Occupation Service Medal, World War 2

Date Authorized: April 5th, 1946

Philippine Campaign Medal

Date Authorized: January 12th, 1905

Philippine Congressional Medal

Date Authorized:

Plaque of Merit (USCG)

Date Authorized:

Prisoner of War Medal

Date Authorized: November 8th, 1985.

Purple Heart

Date Authorized: February 22nd, 1932

Reserve Components Achievement Medal (Army)

Date Authorized:

Silver Star

Date Authorized: July 9th, 1918 (as the Citation Star); replaced with Silver Star on July 19th, 1932

Soldier's Medal

Date Authorized: May 5th, 1930

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Date Authorized: March 12th, 1991

Spanish Campaign Medal (Army)

Date Authorized:

Spanish War Service Medal

Date Authorized:

Vietnam Service Medal

Date Authorized: July 8th, 1965

Women's Army Corps Service Medal

Date Authorized:

World War 1 Victory Medal

Date Authorized: 1919

World War 2 Victory Medal

Date Authorized: July 6th, 1945