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National Defense Service Medal


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National Defense Service Medal
Official DOD Graphic
The National Defense Service medal is a bronze medallion 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Shown on the front of the medal beneath the words “NATIONAL DEFENSE” is an eagle with inverted wings perched on a sword and palm branch. Displayed on the center of the reverse side is a shield taken from the Coat of Arms of the United States. There is an open wreath made up of oak leaves on the right side of the Coat of Arms and laurel leaves on the left side.

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