The Soldier’s Medal is a Bronze 1 3/8 inch wide octagon. Illustrated on the front between two groups of stars, six on the left and seven on the right, is an eagle standing on a fasces. There is a spray of leaves above the group of six stars. The upper edge of the reverse side of the octagon bears the inscription “SOLDIER’S MEDAL” and written across the face are the words “FOR VALOR.” Engraved is a shield paly consisting of 13 sections held up by sprays of laurel and oak in which the letter “US” is engraved on the chief. A space is available for the name of the recipient on a panel in the base. A rounded corner, rectangular-shaped metal loop suspends the Soldier’s Medal from the ribbon.