U.S. Navy Medals Books

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

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

World War II to Present

Five years in the 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 of on how insignia and ribbons were worn in each war and a section on how veterans or their families can claim their medals free!


  • 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 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

Softcover Book  $24.95

ISBN 1-884452-51-5

Hardcover Book  $19.95

ISBN 1-884452-50-7
Review of Book

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
Review of Book

“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
Review of Book

“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.”

Review of Book

“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.”


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. USN/USMC/CG Insignia 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