MEXICAN BORDER SERVICE MEDAL
1. Description: A bronze medal, 1 1/4 inch in diameter, with an oxidized, relieved finish.
Obverse: A sheathed Roman sword hanging on a tablet which is inscribed FOR SERVICE ON THE MEXICAN BORDER. The tablet is surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Reverse: The Coat of Arms of the United States above a scroll and surrounded by a wreath ending at the center with cross rifles in dexter, crossed sabers in sinister, and crossed cannons in base.
Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width and consists of the following vertical stripes: 7/16 inch Emerald Green, 1/2 inch Golden Yellow, 7/16 inch and Emerald Green.
2. Criteria: The Mexican Border Service Medal was awarded for service on the Mexican border between May 9, 1916 and March 24, 1917 or with the Mexican Border Patrol between January 1, 1916 and April 6, 1917. It was authorized for persons not eligible for the Mexican Service Medal.
a. Medal. MIL-DTL-3943/193.
b. Ribbon. MIL-DTL-11589/93.
4. Background. a. The Mexican Border Service Medal was established by Act of Congress (Public Law 193, 65th Congress) on July 9, 1918.
b. The Roman sword symbolizes war or military strength and is sheathed to indicate service in the United States rather than in actual combat. The wreath represents achievement. The rifles, sabers, and cannons represent the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery. The ribbon colors are the same as used in the Mexican Service Medal.
Information Courtesy of Department of Defense