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The American Campaign Medal was originally issued to World War II veterans as the American campaign service ribbon. You can learn all the details and more about WW2 veterans’ medals in Military Medals of America at When your dad or grandfather came home from World War II there was no American Campaign Medal but only a ribbon. The actual medal was not approved until after World War II and did not become available until late 1947 or 1948 by which time most veterans had put their ribbons in a box and gone to the work, starting families and building a civilian career. The War department made no effort to actually send these medals to veterans unless the veteran wrote his military service branch and requested them. Of the 16 million World War II veterans very few actually received this medal. Learn the story of the ribbon, the medal and why it was awarded and how you can honor your veteran by obtaining it.