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The Decorations, Medals, Ribbons, Badges and Insignia of The United States Navy

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ISBN 1-884452-51-5

Five years in developing this beautiful book provides full-color plates and detailed descriptions and criteria of all Navy medals and insignia earned by Navy veterans and admired by their families from World war II to the Liberation of Iraq. What further sets this book apart is the handsome color plates and detailed drawing describing the criteria, purpose, and background of every award. Battle stars, attachments for valor, dates, places even the significance of ribbon color is presented in a wonderful flowing combination of words and illustrations. There is even a section on how insignia and ribbons were worn in each war and a section on how veterans or their families can claim their medals free!

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  • Color plates of all Navy medals and ribbons from 1939 to 2000 with their history and award criteria.
  • All Commonly awarded foreign and UN medals.
  • Navy ribbons chart in the correct order with all attachments and devices.
  • All Navy officer and enlisted rank insignia and Enlisted specialty marks from World War II to present.
  • A guide to correct wear of medals, ribbons, insignia, and badges by active-duty personnel and veterans.
  • How to claim medals and display awards and insignia.
  • Size: 81/2” x 11” 124 pages
  • “Why didn’t the 5 million Navy and Marine veterans receive their military medals at the end of World War II?
    It is true, but there was no plot against the Navy veterans. It was just that brass production and have been diverted to making ammunition for the war effort. Therefore with the exception of military decorations such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart very few campaign medals were manufactured before the end of the war. In fact some of the medals had not even been designed by 1945. So when America’s Navy veterans returned home at the end of the war all they had to show for their campaigns and victory were ribbon bars to ear on their chest. Even then several medals such as the Navy Occupation Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, and that Navy Commendation Medal were not authorized or designed until years after the war. By that time the veteran had returned home and begun the process of returning to civilian life.
    The big problem all 14 million American Navy veterans and their families have is there is no single official or unofficial source that describes the meaning and tells the story of their military medals and insignia. Active duty and Reserve personnel face the same problem with information scattered in bits and pieces of hard to find Navy publications. Today that problem is solved! Medals of America Press is proud to publish the Complete Guide to United States Navy Medals, Badges and Insignia, World War II to Present.”covers all nav Medals up to Desert Storm:Medal of Honor (Navy, Army, Air Force)Navy CrossDistinguished Service Cross
    Air Force CrossCoast Guard 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 Commendat’n

    Navy “E” Ribbon

    Coast Guard “E” Ribbon

    Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendat’n
    Gold Lifesaving Medal

    Silver Lifesaving Medal

    Prisoner of War Medal

    Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon

    Navy Good Conduct Medal

    Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

    Army Good Conduct Medal
    Air Force Good Conduct Medal

    Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal

    Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

    Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

    Army Reserve Components Achievement


    Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service


    Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal

    Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year


    Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon


    Navy Expeditionary Medal

    Marine Corps 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

    Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
    Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon
    Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
    Marine Security Guard Ribbon

    Marine Combat Instructor Ribbon

    Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon

    Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon

    Navy Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon

    Transportation 9-11 Ribbon
    Coast Guard Special Operations Service


    Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon

    Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

    Coast Guard Basic Training Honor

    Graduate Ribbon

    Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon

    Air Force Air & Space Campaign Medal

    Air Force Nuclear  Deterrence Operation

    Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Short

    Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour)
    Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
    Air Force Longevity Service Award

    Air Force Military Training Instructor

    Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

    Army Sea Duty Ribbon

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    Naval Reserve Medal

    Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon

    Army N.C.O. Professional Development

    Army Service Ribbon
    Army Overseas Service Ribbon
    Army Reserve Components Overseas

    Training Ribbon

    Air Force N.C.O. Professional Military

    Education Graduate Ribbon
    Air Force Basic Military Training

    Honor Graduate Ribbon
    Air Force Small Arms Expert

    Marksmanship Ribbon Air Force Training Ribbon


    Foreign Awards


    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

    NATO Medal for Bosnia

    NATO Medal for Kosovo

    NATO Article 5 & Non-Article 5 Medals

    Multinational 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


    Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon

    Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon

    Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribn

    Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship


“The author has done great job bringing together a wealth of information previously not available in print. The sections on decorations and medals are outstanding and include full color pages on all medals and ribbons. The section on specialty marks is the most complete I have seen, with descriptions, drawings and historical background. The specialty marks not only include those in use today, but detail marks back as far as 1939. The sections on insignia are also good. The author has obviously drawn from many sources and has even gone to the trouble of utilizing line drawings on obsolete badges no longer in existence. There are also color pages clearly showing most of the badges and insignia used since World War II. This is an excellent book for current naval personnel and veterans.”

A reader from Arlington, Virginia, USAThis is a must book for those interested in the U. S. Navy

This is a great reference book for everyone who is interested in Navy medals and ribbons. Each medal and ribbon has a description for when they were instituted, criteria for earning them, devices for each as well as a photo. The book also explains the proper way to wear them for special occasions and inspections. In doubt as to the proper way to build the medal and ribbon racks and the order of precedence. The book also explains that. Looking for an Awards Certificate that is included and how to claim them from the U.S. Government. The history for rating patches, badges, medals and ribbons is also included. This is a recommended book for collectors of military medals and ribbons as well as military history buffs. No military library should be without this reference book.

The book is worth the price for the medal information alone.”

A reader from Arlington, Virginia, USAThis is a must book for those interested in the U. S. Navy

“This book was published by The Medals of America Press, so it’s not surprising that its main emphasis is on decorations, medals and awards. But it also intends, as the author writes, to be a “definitive” reference covering badges and rank insignia. The color plates are very nice, and the information for current insignia and medals is nice to have. But if

The book is worth the price for the medal information alone.”

a reader from Sacramento, CA United States

“Jim Thompson has done a superlative job by providing in-depth detail of each decoration, medal, device and rank/rate insignia of the U.S. Navy. This book is a must-have reference for anyone who has an interest in the Navy, or the armed services in general.”


a reader from Sacramento, CA United States

“Jim Thompson has done a superlative job by providing in-depth detail of each decoration, medal, device and rank/rate insignia of the U.S. Navy. This book is a must-have reference for anyone who has an interest in the Navy, or the armed services in general.”