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  • Description of the Prisoner of War Medal including award criteria and image for referencing.

    Details of the Prisoner of War Medal service medal of the United States military.

    Picture of the Prisoner of War Medal medal

    Picture of the Prisoner of War Medal ribbon

    Date Authorized: November 8th, 1985.

    Ribbon Colors: black; white; red

    Description (Ribbon):

    Striped ribbon in order red-white-black-white-black-white-black-white-red.

    Description (Medal):

    Rounded bronze form; scene depicts spread eagle encircled by barbed wire and bayonet points. Reverse side has upper text reading "AWARDED TO" while center of medal reads "FOR HONORABLE SERVICE WHILE A PRISONER OF WAR". Above the latter text is a space for engraving recipient's name. Under the text is the U.S. Coat of Arms. Bordering the bottom edge of the medal is the text "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

    Award Criteria:

    Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.