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  • Description of the Meritorious Service Medal including award criteria and image for referencing.

    Details of the Meritorious Service Medal service medal of the United States military.

    Picture of the Meritorious Service Medal medal

    Picture of the Meritorious Service Medal ribbon

    Date Authorized: January 16th, 1969

    Ribbon Colors: red; white

    Description (Ribbon):

    Five-banded ribbon design in crimson-white-crimson-white-crimson arrangement; center band is thickest with thinnest bands at the edges.

    Description (Medal):

    Bronze rounded shape; American Eagle with wings spread imposed over a five-pointed star; rays emanate from behind star and form three points on medal top; the star contains a smaller star within and a smaller star within that star as well; the eagle is perched on two connected laurel branches; the branches are joined by ribbon; edges of this medal are rough as opposed to rounded and conform to the edges of the scene described; REVERSE: Relatively plain with circle of words stating "United States of America" across the top portion and "Meritorious Service" across the bottom portion; phrases are divided by a air of small stars; the center area of the reverse facing is plain.

    Award Criteria:

    Awarded to US Armed Forces service personnel that have distinguished themselves through non-combat meritorious action or through service to the Untied States subsequent to January 16th, 1969; criteria is less than that required for the Legion of Merit but still above and beyond person's normal duty.