Service Ribbons of U.S. Military
Decorations, Combat Action Awards, & Unit Awards

Displayed in the order of precedence for each service.

(####) Authorization date
(#### - ####) Authorized award dates
(#### > ####) Authorization & Retroactive dates

Grayed text denotes obsolete or too old to find on an active uniform.

These ribbon drawings, except those drawn by me, are all copyright 2011-16 Heath Robison, and are used here with
Mr. Robison's kind permission.
No further reproduction of either is authorized.

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Decorations
  


Medal of Honor, Army
(1862 > 1861)


Medal of Honor, Navy
(1861)


Medal of Honor, AF
(1965)


MC Brevet Medal
(1921 > 1863)


Distinguished Service Cross
(1918 > 1917)


Navy Cross
 (1919 > 1917)


AF Distiguished
Service Cross
(1960)


Coast Guard Cross
(2010)

DOT Distinguished Service Medal
(1992 - 2003)


Certificate of Merit
(1847 - 1918)


DHS Distinguished Service Medal
(2003 > 2002)


Defense Distinguished Service Medal
(1970)


DHS Distinguished Service Medal
(2011 > 2002)

 


Distinguished Service Medal
(1918 > 1917)


Navy Distinguished Service Medal
(1919 > 1917)



AF Distinguished
Service Medal
(1960)


 


CG Distinguished
Service Medal
(1949)


Silver Star
(War Dept., 1932 > 1861) (Navy Dept., 1942 > 1941)


DOT Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement 
(1993 - 1994)


Defense Superior Service Medal
(1976)


DOT 9-11 Guardian Medal  (2001 - 2003)

(Chief Commander)
(Commander)
(Officer)
(Legionnaire)
Legion of Merit
(1942 > 1939)


Distinguished Flying Cross
(1926 > 1917)


Distinguished Warfare Medal
(2013)


Soldier's Medal
(1926)


Navy and Marine Corps Medal
(1942)


 


Airman's Medal
(1960 > 1959)


Coast Guard Medal
(1949)


Gold Lifesaving Medal
(1882-1949)


Gold Lifesaving Medal
(1949)


Bronze Star
(1944 > 1941)


Purple Heart
(1932 > 1917)


Army Wound Ribbon
(Sep/Oct 1917-Jan 1918)


Specially Meritorious Service Medal, (1898)


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
(1977)


Meritorious Service Medal
(1969)


Air Medal
(1942 > 1939)


Aerial Achievement Medal  (1988)


Silver Lifesaving Medal
(1882-1949)


Silver Lifesaving Medal
(1949)


DOT Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement
(1993 - 2006)


Joint Service Commendation Medal
(1967)


Army Commendation Medal
(1945 > 1941)


Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
(1943)


 


AF Commendation Medal  (1958)



CG Commendation Medal  (1947)


DOT Secretary's Award for Superior Achievement
(1993 - 2006)


Joint Service Achievement Medal
(1984)


DOT 9-11 Medal
(2001 - 2002)


Army Achievement Medal  (1981)


AF Achievement
Medal  (1980)


Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal (1961)


CG Achievement
Medal (1967)


Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon  (1921)

  

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NASA Decorations
  
These three are civilian and military decorations and may be worn on the military uniforms of the United States,
following all military decorations.
Congressional Space Medal of Honor
(1969)
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
(1959)
NASA Space Flight Medal
(1981)

  

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Combat Action Awards
  

See:
Army Combat Badges


AF Combat Action
Medal (2007 > 2001)


Combat Action Ribbon
(1969 > 1961)


CG Combat Action Ribbon (2008)

  

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Unit Awards
 


Distinguished Unit Citation
(1942 > 1941)


Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation
(1942 > 1941)


Distinguished Unit Citation (1947-66)


AF Distinguished Unit Citation (1947-57)


Presidential Unit Citation, Army (1966)


Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force
(1957)


CG Presidential Unit Citation (2005)
/with Hurricane Device

         
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
(1979)


DOT Secretary's Outstanding Unit Award  (1992 - 2006)


Valorous Unit Award
(1966 > 1963)


Gallant Unit Citation
(2004 > 2001)


Navy Unit Commendation
(1944 > 1941)


Coast Guard Unit Commendation (1963)


Meritorious Unit Commendation (1944)


AF Meritorious Unit Award (2004 > 2001)


Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
 (1967)


CG Meritorious Unit Commendation (1973)


Army Superior Unit Award  (1985)


AF Outstanding Unit Award (1954)

 


CG Meritorious Team Commendation (1993)

 


AF Organizational Excellence Award (1969)


Battle Efficiency Ribbon
/with E Device (1976 > 1974)


CG Excellence Ribbon
/with E Device (1990)

 
CG Bicentennial Unit Commendation
(1989 - 1990)

 

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These ribbon drawings, except those drawn by me, are all copyright 2011-16 Heath Robison, and are used here with
Mr. Robison's kind permission.
No further reproduction of either is authorized.

 

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