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Marine Awards and Insignia

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ISBN 978-1-884452-29-1

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The most comprehensive and well-illustrated book ever published on the United States Marine Corps awards and insignia. It  traces the history of the Marine Corps through its military awards and insignia.A Short History of Marine Military Medals, Badges and Insignia
Revolutionary War (1775-1782)
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
The Mexican War (1844-1848)
Certificate of Merit (1905)
Civil War (1861-1865)
The Indian Campaign Medal (1865-1891)
Military Society Medals (1865-1913)
War with Spain (1898-1899)
Marines Philippines, China and Central America (1900-1917)
Marines World War I (1917-1918)
Marines World War II (1941-1945)
The Cold War (1945 -1991)
Marines Korea (1950-1954)
Marines Vietnam (1961-1973)
Marines Gulf War (1991-1995)
Marines Global War on Terrorism
The Liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq (2001 to Present)
Marines of the 21st Century
Marines Seals and Emblems
Marines Hat Badges, Buttons and Lapel Pins
Marines Officer Rank Insignia
Marines Enlisted Rank Insignia
Marines Branch Insignia
Marines Badges
Marines Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Marines Military Medal Variations
Military Ribbon & Medal Wear Guide
Marines Medals, Ribbons & Unit Awards
Foreign Military Decorations
Commonly Awarded Foreign Unit Awards
World War II Philippine Military Medals
United Nations Medals and Ribbons
NATO Medals
Other Foreign Medals
Commemorative Medals and Ribbons
How Medals and Ribbons are Worn
Wear of Medals, Ribbons and Insignia
on the Uniform
Wear of Awards by Veterans, Retirees and Former Service Members
Wear of the Uniform by Retired Personnel
How to Determine a Veteran’s Medals
Issue of U.S. Medals to Veterans, Retirees
and Their Families
Awards Displays that Honor American Veterans Printed in the USA and beautifully bound.

  • Color plates of all Marine Corps medals and ribbons.
  • Foreign awards and UN medals.
  • Complete set of Marine ribbons in the correct order with all attachments and devices.
  • All Marine insignia including World War II shoulder patches.
  • Descriptions of service ID badges, aiguillettes shoulder cords, etc.
  • A guide to correct wear of medals, ribbons, insignia, and badges by active-duty Marines and veterans.
  • How to claim veteran’s medals and display awards and insignia. Marine Medals:
  • Medal of Honor (Navy, Army, Air Force)Navy CrossCoast Guard CrossDistinguished Service Cross
    Air Force CrossDefense Distinguished Service MedalNavy Distinguished Service Medal

    Army Distinguished Service Medal

    Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
    Homeland Security Dist. Service Medal

    Transportation Distinguished Service Medal

    Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

    Silver Star

    Defense Superior Service Medal

    Legion of Merit

    Distinguished Flying Cross

    Navy & Marine Corps Medal

    Soldier’s Medal

    Airman’s Medal

    Coast Guard Medal

    Bronze Star Medal

    Purple Heart
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    Meritorious Service Medal

    Air Medal

    Aerial Achievement Medal

    Joint Service Commendation Medal

    Navy & Marine Corps Commendat’n Medal

    Army Commendation Medal

    Air Force Commendation Medal

    Coast Guard Commendation Medal

    Transportation 9-11 Medal

    Joint Service Achievement Medal

    Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

    Army Achievement Medal

    Air Force Achievement Medal

    Coast Guard Achievement Medal

    Combat Action Ribbon (Navy, Marine Corps)

    Air Force Combat Action Medal

    Combat Action Ribbon (Coast Guard)


    Navy Presidential Unit Citation

    Army Presidential Unit Citation

    Air Force Presidential Unit Citation

    Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation

    Joint Meritorious Unit Award

    Army Valorous Unit Award

    Air Force Gallant Unit Citation

    Navy Unit Commendation

    Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

    Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

    Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
    Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

    Army Superior Unit Award

    D.O.T. Secretary’s Outstanding Unit Award
    Coast Guard Unit Commendation

    Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendat’n
    Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commen-


    Navy “E” Ribbon

    Coast Guard “E” Ribbon

    Gold Lifesaving Medal

    Silver Lifesaving Medal


    Prisoner of War Medal

    Air Force Combat Readiness Medal

    Army Good Conduct Medal

    Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon

    Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

    Navy Good Conduct Medal
    Air Force Good Conduct Medal

    Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal

    Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

    Army Reserve Components Achievement


    Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

    Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

    Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal

    Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year


    Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon

    Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

    Navy Expeditionary Medal

    China Service Medal

    American Defense Service Medal

    Women’s Army Corps Service Medal

    American Campaign Medal

    European-African-Middle Eastern

    Campaign Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

    World War II Victory Medal

    U.S. Antarctic Expedition Medal

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    Army of Occupation Medal
    Medal for Humane Action
    National Defense Service Medal
    Korean Service Medal
    Antarctica Service Medal

    Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    Vietnam Service Medal
    Southwest Asia Service Medal
    Kosovo Campaign Medal

    Afghanistan Campaign Medal

    Iraq Campaign Medal

    Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary

    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Korea Defense Service Medal

    Armed Forces Service Medal


    Humanitarian Service Medal

    Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

    Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
    Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
    Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon
    Navy & Marine Corps Overseas

    Service Ribbon

    Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

    Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
    Marine Security Guard Ribbon

    Marine Combat Instructor Ribbon
    Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
    Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon
    Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon

    Navy Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon
    Air Force Air & Space Campaign Medal

    Air Force Nuclear  Deterrence Operation

    Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Short Tour)
    Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour)
    Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
    Air Force Military Training Instructor


    Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

    Transportation 9-11 Ribbon

    Coast Guard Special Operations

    Service Ribbon

    Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon

    Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

    Coast Guard Basic Training Honor

    Graduate Ribbon

    Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon

    Army Sea Duty Ribbon

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal
    Army Overseas Service Ribbon

    Naval Reserve Medal

    Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon


    Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

    Korean Presidential Unit Citation

    Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation

    Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation

    Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation

    Philippine Defense Ribbon

    Philippine Liberation Ribbon

    Philippine Independence Ribbon

    United Nations Korean Service Medal

    United Nations Medal


    Foreign awards

    NATO Medal for Bosnia

    NATO Medal for Kosovo

    NATO Article 5 & Non-Article 5 Medals

    Multinat’l Force & Observers Medal

    Inter-American Defense Board Medal

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

    Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

    Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

    Korean War Service Medal

A profusely illustrated history of United States Marine medals, ribbons and insignia. Over 200 pages, the full-color book begins with the background and history of Marine Corps awards and insignia from revolution to the present day. Detail sections cover Marine Corps badges and insignia, breast insignia, plus ranks and grades of all Marine officers and enlisted ranks. Additional sections illustrate service and identification badges, marksmanship and trophy badges even down to shoulder cords and fourrageres. Colorful section illustrates shoulder sleeve insignia used by the Marine Corps in World War II and later. Military awards and decorations are fully explain to include all types of medals, ribbons and their attachments. Special sections talk to how to determine a veterans military awards and there is a profusely illustrated section showing how to display veterans military awards from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Southwest Asia, the Cold War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Sections explain how the medals are issued to veterans and families and how to wear medals, miniatures and ribbons by Marines and Marine veterans. Probably the only book in the world that covers all of the military attachments and devices that go on various medals and ribbons. The second half of the book presents a complete illustration of every variation of today’s Marine medals and ribbons. Both front and back of every medal is illustrated with color photographs plus the medal or ribbon’s criteria as well as the attachments to go with it. Additionally there are sections on United Nations medals, commonly awarded foreign campaign medals and NATO medals. There is a section on society and commemorative medals that are related to the Marine Corps. In a nutshell it is the most complete illustrated history of Marine Corps awards and insignia ever published. Printed in the USA and beautifully bound.