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Armed Forces Reserve Medal is 5 Different Medals

Armed Forces Reserve Medal is 5 Different Medals

This medal was authorized in 1950 for ten years of honorable and satisfactory service within a 12 year period as a member of one or more of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces of the United States. An executive order on Aug. 8, 1996, authorized the award of a...

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RVN Armed Forces Honor Medal – January 7, 1953

RVN Armed Forces Honor Medal – January 7, 1953

This medal without ribbon devices was widely presented to U.S. officers and men after six months of staff service in combat or non-combat units. The award was originally entitled in French as La Medaille du Merite Vietnamien and was intended for “French or foreign...

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The Beginning of Military Awards

The Beginning of Military Awards

The Beginning of Military Awards can be traced to the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks, but the Roman Legions were the first to organize an award system honoring their soldiers for bravery and service. Once recognized, Roman soldiers wore these decorations in battle,...

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How to Determine a Veteran’s Military Medals

How to Determine a Veteran’s Military Medals

Many veterans and their families are unsure of which military medals they were awarded and often for good reasons. Twenty-five, thirty, even fifty years after military service, it is often difficult to remember or identify the awards a veteran may have earned the...

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Types of U.S. Marine Awards and Decorations

Types of U.S. Marine Awards and Decorations

The United States Marine Corps, being part of the U.S. Naval Service, follows the same awards program as the United States Navy. The Department of the Navy governs the awards program but administered by the Corps. Most of the awards and decorations are the same for...

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