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  • Description of the Army of Occupation Service Medal, World War 2 including award criteria and image for referencing.



    Details of the Army of Occupation Service Medal, World War 2 service medal of the United States military.





    Picture of the Army of Occupation Service Medal, World War 2 medal

    Picture of the Army of Occupation Service Medal, World War 2 ribbon


    Date Authorized: April 5th, 1946

    Ribbon Colors: white; red; black


    Description (Ribbon):

    White band to black, then red to white.


    Description (Medal):

    Rounded bronze medal suspended from ribbon via a loop ring; scene depicted is of Remagen Bridge; the text "Army of Occupation" is set on two lines above the scene; REVERSE: Mt Fujiyama is depicted with low handing clouds; a pair of Japanese junk vessels cross at center; a wave scroll is set below the junks; the text "1945" is set below the wave scroll; issued with bronze clasp indicating either "Germany" or "Japan" for service in either the European or Pacific Theater of War.


    Award Criteria:

    Awarded to US Army personnel with at least thirty days consecutive service on assignments in Germany (excluding Berlin) from May 9th, 1945 to May 5th, 1955, Austria between May 9th, 1945 and July 27th, 1955, Berlin between May 9th, 1945 and October 2nd, 1990, Italy between May 9th, 1945 and September 15th, 1947, Japan between September 3rd, 1945 and April 27th, 1952 (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushi including Ryuku Islands and Bonin-Volcanic Islands); Korea between September 3rd, 1945 and June 29th, 1949; additionally criteria for some may require the receiving of the EAME Campaign Medal or the Asiatic-Pacific Camapign Medal; see official US Army site for details.