U.S. Army Medals Books

Books, posters & DVD of medals, badges, insignia & patches for the US Army.

Medals, Badges and Insignia of the United States Army 

The awards and decorations of the United States Army have long fascinated Americans. Now the complete history of United States Army awards from the Revolution to the 21st century is presented in a beautifully illustrated sourcebook written by America’s best-known military awards writer.

This comprehensive, easy to use volume is an informative guide to over 500 different metals, badges and insignia. United States Army metals, badges and insignia, filled with handsome color photography and other illustrations, is the ultimate United States Army awards reference and is sure to become the cornerstone of every veteran and veterans family library. His fascinating book also details the ways in which Army awards have been intertwined with American culture throughout the last more than 235 years.

Review of Book

“This is the most complete and detailed book ever published on U.S. Army Military Awards and Insignia. It is lavishly illustrated with original drawings and beautiful color pictures of every medal, badge and insignia in the Army since 1941. The book opens with a short history of US Army insignia starting in 1775 and how they developed war by war up to today. Each period is illustrated with numerous examples. The book then covers all Army branch insignia in detail and the development of both officer and enlisted rank from 1775 to 2011. All skill and combat badges are laid out with criteria and dates to include those that have been discontinued. Every badge is shown in full color. Decorations and medals are displayed in color showing both front and back to include ribbon only awards. Additionally there is a complete ribbon chest in the correct order of precedence for wear. Detail descriptions of the medals cover criteria for award, symbolism of the medal and ribbon and even campaign dates for all service medals. There are special sections on how to determine what medals a veteran would earn in each conflict as well as sections on How to claim awards from the government and once obtained how to display military awards. The book took 5 years to research and write. With over 140 pages loaded with color illustrations and detail it is an incredible value.

Being an avid collector of US Army medals, badges, uniforms and accoutrements from the Vietnam War period I have found this book to be invaluable in both assisting me to correctly identify items I have in my collection (and want to have!) and telling me about their design and history. The color plates are just superb as is the informative text. I have not been able to find a better book that comprehensively covers the subject matter as this one does – it takes pride of place in my library and is referred to so often I’ve had to have it rebound!

I make military shadow boxes for people all the time. When I first started I did my grandfathers. All we had was a picture of him in uniform and his discharge paperwork. When I received his info from the VA, it said he was part of the 213th Coast Artillery. I had never heard of such a thing. I spent 2 months writing to Army historians to find out what this was. It took me almost a year to find the insignia on eBay. When I received this book, it had a section on Coast artillery and showed its entire insignia! If I had had this book sooner it would’ve saved me a lot of time. It has lots of detailed information. There’s one of these books for each branch of service. I plan to collect them all since people keep showing me civil war, WWI, WII photos with things on the uniforms I’ve never seen before. Now I just look at the book and there it is.

An excellent book for any collector!! I’ve been a collector of Army patches, medals and badges for sometime now. There were a few patches and medals in my collection that I couldn’t identify. When this book arrived I was quickly able to find the unknown patches and medals and identify them. It even had full color pictures and gave history on the medals. I would recommend this for any collector and it must be invaluable reference to any soldier in active duty or the reserves.”


“Have you ever wondered what the military ribbons on your grandfather’s World War II Army uniform stood for? Over half of all Americans today have a grandfather, father, son or daughter who has served in the armed forces since World War II. The U.S. Army will celebrate its 236th anniversary this year and the American soldiers’ history of honors, awards and insignia is long and fascinating.

There have been over 122 medals and ribbons awarded Army veterans since the Civil War. Those sort of numbers explain why Col. Frank Foster just published the third and greatly expanded edition of United States Army Medals, Badges and Insignia. The handsomely bound book, printed in the United States, has been expanded to almost 200 lavishly illustrated pages. ‘We pulled out all the stops in the third edition and now illustrate and describe every medal from the Revolution to the Global War on Terror’ said the Colonel. ‘There is more Army medals and insignia information in the new edition than horsepower in James Bond’s Aston Martin.’

A refreshingly entertaining and well-illustrated tour of 236 years of Army awards the book allows the reader to take the long road of history or a shortcut to a specific medal. The evolution of Army military medals beginning with the Revolutionary War is described and illustrated on every page with many original drawings and photographs. The medals and ribbons for each war and campaign are described even to how they were worn on the uniforms. The real tour de force is the magnificent full-color photographs of over 300 medals and ribbons awarded since the Civil War. The focus is not just on veterans and their families but there are detailed ribbon charts for active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. It is without a doubt the most complete presentation ever done on United States military medals. One major in the Pentagon was quoted as saying, ‘no one looks up the awards regulations anymore, we just go to the medals book.’”


An Illustrated History

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 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.

  • 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 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

Softcover  $29.95

ISBN 978-1-884452-72-7

Hardcover Book $34.95

ISBN 978-1-884452-71-0

United States Military Patch Guide

From the Army, Marines, Army Air Force, Navy & Special Forces

The world’s most complete illustrated color guide and reference on United States Military Patches (Shoulder Sleeve Insignia). Covers World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq to present. Over 4,400 Military Patches in color for the Army, Army Air Force, Marine and Special Forces, plus specialty patches. Grouped by service from Armies to Regiments, from Airborne to Armor, from Infantry to Artillery are covered. All three smaller earlier editions of this guide have sold out and have become valuable collectors items and treasured references for veterans, collectors and historians. The hardback is beautifully printed with heavy paper and excellent color and is really a bargain at $29.95.

  • The most complete and detailed picture reference of United States Army, Army Air Force, and  Marine unit identification patches in the world
  • Over 4,000 different full color military patches
  • Grouped by service from Armies to Regiments, from Airborne to Armor, from Infantry to Artillery all of the services
  • Size: 81/2” x 11” 162 pages, all color

Softback $24.95


Hardback $29.95


U.S. Military Ribbon Wear Guide

Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force & Coast Guard

The first complete full color illustrated guide for U.S. Army military ribbon and medal wear on officer and enlisted male and female uniforms. Army military ribbons and attachments wear are illustrated in easy to follow detail with numerous color examples. A unique color chart shows the correct order for every Army ribbon and current multi service ribbon wear for soldiers who have served in other branches of the service (USMC, Navy, USAF and USCG). This ribbon and medal wear guides show Army ribbons devices  and how they are worn on ribbons and medals. All current ribbons are shown with all possible attachments and devices. Additional charts show where all ribbons go on various uniforms to include wear of full size medals and miniatures medals. A bonus addition is a current Armed Forces Medal chart. Most complete guides ever printed.

  • 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 Army ribbons devices and attachments
  • Great reference for all Active Duty Soldiers and Reserve, veterans and veteran’s families,
  • Softcover size: 8 1/2” x 11”, 24 pages

E-Book $6.99

Softcover Book $9.95

The Medals of World War II

DVD for Purchase or Rental

When veterans returned home from World War II there were no Campaign or Victory medals to award them. The veterans received only ribbon bars for their uniforms since all brass had gone for ammunition.

Only after the war did veteran’s medals become available, some not for twenty years. This is their story. Told for the first time on video by the veterans themselves and America’s leading military medal expert. Thousands of veterans never received their Bronze Star medals, occupation medals and foreign medals, learn why and who they are.

An extraordinary gift or personal video to own.

Running time: 51 minutes


“You will be filled with pride and emotion as these historic medals are displayed in vivid color and exciting detail. Join Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Women’s Army Corps veterans as they describe the honor they felt serving their country and being recognized by the award of these medals.”

Review 2

“During World War II a grateful nation commissioned its most talented artist to design and strike a series of extraordinarily handsome military medals to honor the service of our World War II veterans. When 14 million Americans returned home from the service, there were no medals available since all of the high quality brass was needed to manufacture ammunition. Only after the war, when the veterans had hung up their uniform jackets, did the medals become available; some not for nearly 20 years and one as recently as 1985. Now the stories of these World War II veteran’s honors are brought to life with personal stories, words and pictures, along with the deep emotions that are a natural part of the wartime experience.”

Review 3

“This program, as shown on PBS TV, paints a vivid picture of the history of the American military awards program from entry into World War II and the campaign and service medals awarded between 1939 and 1946. In the Medals of World War II you will relive the deeds and appreciate the honor and the meaning of these beautiful and historical medals, while learning important details of this significant chapter in United States history. A must-have DVD for every World War II veteran and their families!”

Insigna, Rank & Medals Posters

U.S. Army Skill & Breast Badges – Aviation Wings Poster

25″ x 19″ – $8.50

U.S. Military Rank Poster

18″ x 24″ – $8.50

Decorations & Medals of the Armed Forces Poster

Large (25″ x 38″) – $15.50

Small (19″ x 25″) – $11.50