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Medals, Decorations, and Awards

Military Medals & Decorations. Information and resources about military medals, decorations, and awards including medal charts, procedures to obtain new medals, medal and unit award lists, award criteria, and more.
  1. Air Force Medals and Decs (13)
  2. Army Medals and Decorations (16)
  3. Marine Medals and Decs (2)
  4. Navy Medals & Decorations (5)
  5. Unofficial Certificates (2)

Cold War Recogniton Certificates
Cold War Recognition Certificates are available to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991.

The Silver Star
The Silver Star is the third-highest award for bravery in combat given by the United States military.

The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration in the world still in use, is awarded to those wounded or killed as a result of engaging the enemy while serving in the U.S. military.

Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal honors members of the military who have served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Iraq Campaign Medal goes to military personnel mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Medal of Honor
Of all the awards that a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive, none is more prestigious than the Medal of Honor. It is the military’s highest honor, awarded to officers and enlisted personnel alike for individual acts of bravery in combat.

Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals
Two new campaign medals announced this month (April 2005) recognize servicemembers for their contributions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Defense Department announced the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal for military members who directly support Operation Enduring Freedom between Oct. 24, 2001, and a date to be determined in the future or Operation Iraqi Freedom between March 19, 2003, and some future date.

Medal of Honor
Although it has always been awarded for action above and beyond the call of duty, the Medal of Honor has undergone changes in both appearance and function since its creation during the Civil War.

Medal Replacement
Unfortunately, over the years many veterans have lost, misplaced, or discarded the medals and ribbons they earned while in the Military. Many pawn shops, military surplus stores and vendors sell military medals, ribbons, and awards, but there is also a way to obtain replacements (sometimes for free) from the Government.

National Defense Service Medal for Enduring Freedom
The National Defense Service Medal has now been authorized for wear for servicments on active dtuy on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

War on Terrorism Medals
A presidential executive order signed Wednesday (March 12, 2003) authorizes the Department of Defense to create two new military medals for service in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

Cold War Certificate Request Letter
Sample letter you can send to request a cold war certificate, if you served in the military from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

Cold War Recognition Certificate
If you served from Sep 2, 1945 to Dec 26, 1991, then get your Cold War certificate from the Military.

Purple Hearts for Former POWs
Former American prisoners of war may be eligible to receive the Purple Heart medal due to a little-publicized four-year-old change in the award rules.

ROK - Korean War Service Medal
The Republic of Korea (ROK) Government has authorized the award of the Korean War Service Medal for all U.S. Military personnel who served in Korea during the Korean War.

Home of Heros
Individual citations of all Medal of Honor recipients and photos of more than 1500 of them. Stories, history, printable Medal of Honor books, calendars, and more in this 12,000+ page web site.

Humanitarian Service Medal
Listing of Operations authorized the award of the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Joint Meritorious Service Awards
Listing of units and dates authorized the award of the Joint Meritorious Service Award.

Medal of Honor - FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the Medal of Honor, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Medal of Honor - History
Detailed history of the Medal of Honor, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Medal of Honor - History & Myth
Outstanding series of articles which examine the Medal of Honor winners, as portrayed by Hollywood.

Medal of Honor - Symbolism
Explanation of the symbolism of the three authorized types of the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor Citations
Complete text of citations for over 3,400 Medal of Honors awarded since 1841.

Military Writing Help
Can't think of anything better to write than "Capt Joe Did a Good Job?" Check out these helpful hints for commendation letters, decorations, and Efficiency Reports.

Medal of Honor
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Military property may be seized by the victorious party after a war or battle, but it is no longer the case that those that capture the property have a personal interest (capture for the bounty) – though such property is still considered a prize of war.

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