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Military Medals of America

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ISBN 978-1-884452-72-7


ISBN 978-1-884452-71-0


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This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and lavishly illustrated guide and history all the medals and ribbons of the U.S. Armed Forces from Revolution to today. It traces the history of United States medals from the Revolution to The Global War on Terror. It is a beautifully illustrated guide unlocking the secrets of how to identify a veteran’s awards and details on how to obtain and how to display these medals that honor the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coastguardsmen who earned them. Every medal, unit award and ribbon only award is shown in order of Precedence with detailed color illustrations to include criteria, symbolism, and history.

Full color illustrated guide for All United States Armed Forces military medals and ribbons  for officer and enlisted male and female uniforms. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard military ribbons and attachments  are illustrated in easy to follow detail with numerous color examples. Color charts shows the correct order for every Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard ribbon and current multi service ribbon wear for service members who have served in other branches of the service (Army, USMC, Navy, USAF and USCG). This ribbon and medal wear guides show all ribbons devices and attachments and how they are worn on ribbons and medals.  A bonus addition is a current Armed Forces Medal chart. All Army Military ribbons, Navy Military ribbons, Marine Military ribbons, Air Force Military ribbons, Coast Guard Military ribbons, and Merchant Marine. All Military ribbons, medals, unit awards and many foreign awards for World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam, Cold War, Desert Storm (First Gulf War), Liberation of Iraq (2d Gulf War), Liberation of Kuwait, NATO awards, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gobal War on Terror.

Covers all the following medals and ribbons:

Medal of Honor (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Distinguished Service Cross
Navy Cross
Air Force Cross
Coast Guard Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Homeland Security Dist. Service Medal
Transportation Dist. Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Soldier’s Medal
Navy & Marine Corps 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
Army Commendation Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Commendat’n Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Transportation 9-11 Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of
Commendation Ribbon
Combat Action Ribbon (Navy, Marine Corps)
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Combat Action Ribbon (Coast Guard)
Gold Lifesaving Medal
Silver Lifesaving Medal
Prisoner of War Medal
Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon
Navy Good Conduct Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement
Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
Selected Marine Corps Reserve 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
Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
China Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal
Women’s Army Corps Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Navy Occupation Service 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
Army Sea Duty Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army N.C.O. Professional Development
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Overseas
Training Ribbon
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service
Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon
Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon
Navy Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon
Naval Reserve Medal
Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon
Marine Combat Instructor Ribbon
Marine Corps Reserve 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 Special Duty Ribbon
Air Force Military Training Instructor

Air Force Recruiter Ribbon
Air Force N.C.O. Professional Military
Education Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Basic Military Training
Honor Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Transportation 9-11 Ribbon
Coast Guard Special Operations Service
Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon
Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon
Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon
Coast Guard Basic Training Honor
Graduate Ribbon
Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon

Foreign Awards
Philippine Defense Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Independence Ribbon
United Nations Korean Service Medal
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
United Nations Medal
NATO Medal for Bosnia
NATO Medal for Kosovo
NATO Article 5 & Non-Article 5 Medals
Multinational Force & Observers Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Korean War Service Medal


Army Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army Valorous Unit Award
Air Force Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Unit Commendation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
D.O.T. Secretary’s Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
Navy “E” Ribbon
Coast Guard “E” Ribbon
Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation

Military Ribbon Charts for: Current Order of Precedence, Multi Service ribbons and Unit awards; 1861 to Present and WW II to Present,
Complete full-color reference of All military ribbons devices and attachments
Great reference for all Active Duty Soldiers and Reserve, veterans and veteran’s families,

  • Individual detailed color plates of all Armed Forces medals and ribbons.
  • All Military decorations and service medals from 1775 to present.
  • Commonly presented Foreign awards and UN medals.
  • Complete displays of Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard ribbons in the correct order with all devices.
  • All military Medals from the Revolution to the Global War on Terror.
  • Detailed information on how to identify and claim veterans awards plus examples of how to display awards for all services and wars.
  • Full-color guide to correct wear of medals, ribbons, by active duty, reserves, and veterans.
  • Size: 81/2” x 11”, Full color in hardcover and softcover, 232 pages