Updated: 2 June, 2009

United States

 Individual Medals (Alphabetically A-K)

Aerial Achievement Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

 Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Campaign Medal

Air Force Air and Space Campaign Medal

Air Force Campaign Streamers Air Force Civilian Medal of Valor

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

US Air Force Cross

Air Force Cross

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

Air Force Gallant Unit Citation

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Air Force Meritorious Unit Award (MUA)

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

 Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon

Airman's Medal

Air Medal

 Armed Forces Service Medal

Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal

Army Achievement Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Army Distinguished Service Medal

Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal

Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

 Army Superior Civilian Service Medal

China Service Medal

Civilian Awards

Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal

Coast Guard Medal

Coast Guard Commendation Medal

Cold War Medal

 Combat Action Ribbon

  • Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) - I read what had been written about my efforts to open the door for awarding the Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) to Sailors involved in Mine Countermeasures Operations in the Persian Gulf; I appreciate that you recognized me in your web page, but you must know that there were many people at various levels  involved in making this possible; especially noteworthy are the members of the SECNAV Awards Board team who took my request to heart and worked very hard to change the way in which the United States Navy understands modern combat action. Over the past couple of years since the publishing of the Navy Times article you cited there have been significant changes that you should know in order to update your web page information.  Not only did the SECNAV approve the recommendations for awarding this decoration to Persian Gulf sweep sailors, the CAR has actually been approved for all minesweeper Sailors who engaged in mine warfare under combat conditions back to 1961. Further, since that change, the CAR has also been made available to other deserving servicemembers to receive this decoration all the way back to WWII. Very special thanks are due to the SECNAV Awards Board for championing this change. Just wanted to help you stay up to date. V/r  QMCM(SW) Michael G. Harrison, USN. Here is a copy of the CAR approval message (Oct 01)

  • Kearsarge Awarded Combat Action Ribbon The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for action while in Aquaba, Jordan, in August. The Combat Action Ribbon is awarded to a ship’s crew when the safety of the ship and crew is endangered by enemy attack - such as a ship engaged by shore fire - and the ship’s crew performance is considered satisfactory. Kearsarge’s robust force protection measures thwarted a terrorist attack while pierside in Aquaba with USS Ashland (LSD 48) Aug. 19 in support of Exercise Infinite Moonlight, a two-week training exercise between the Jordanian military, Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Due to Kearsarge’s robust force protection measures, a direct attack was prevented. news.navy.mil 15 Dec 05
  • He'll never forget; the Navy almost did Pat Finnerty holds the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry he earned 36 years ago and received last June. Finnerty, a medic serving in Vietnam, rescued a Marine who had lost both legs and one arm south of Da Nang. madison.com 5 Jul 06

Common Decorations (All Services) (Foxfall)  

Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medals

Congressional Silver Medal
  • Nashville 'code talker' gets medal A Nashville man who worked on one of World War II's most guarded secrets has received a Congressional Silver Medal for Distinguished Service. Robert Yazzie and several hundred other Navajos enlisted and helped the Marines deliver messages in a top-secret military radio code based on their ancient, unwritten language. It was the only code that the Japanese never deciphered during the war. Knoxville News Sentinel, TN 20 Jul 03
  • 15 Code Talkers to get medals Fifteen recently identified Navajo Code Talkers are in line to receive Congressional Code Talker Silver Medals during a Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony in Window Rock. The original 29 Navajo Code Talkers were honored during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July 2001. More than 300 Navajo Code Talkers or surviving family members received silver medals two years ago. The 15 were not included in that ceremony because they either were not found or not confirmed as Code Talkers in time. Arisonza Daily Sun 22 Oct 03
  • Grassley seeks Congressional Medal for Meskwaki code talkers Eight Meskwaki tribal members who used their native language to save lives and outwit American enemies in World War II deserve a Congressional Medal, Sen. Charles Grassley says. Grassley, R-Iowa, is co-sponsor of a bill that would honor code talkers from the Meskwaki and other tribes that were overlooked when medals were awarded to Navajo code talkers in 2001. The Meskwaki, based in Tama County, were among 18 tribes that contributed code talkers during the war. But their achievements went largely unnoticed because the code was classified until 1968. The Navajo code talkers are perhaps the best known. The Navajo tribe contributed more than 350 code talkers to the war effort. Twenty-nine original Navajo code talkers were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush in 2001. Others who qualified as code talkers received the Congressional Silver Medal. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., introduced the bill last year to award medals to more than two dozen code talkers from the Sioux, Comanche and Choctaw tribes. Grassley followed with an amendment to include the eight Meskwaki code talkers, who were assigned to the 168th Infantry, 34th Division, and dispatched to North Africa. Just one of the Meskwaki code talkers, Frank Sanache, is still alive. The other code talkers were Sanache's brother Willard, Dewey Youngbear, Edward Benson, Judy Wayne Wabaunasee, Mike Wayne Wabaunasee, Dewey Roberts and Mike Twin. Grassley's bill is not the first attempt at congressional recognition for Meskwaki code talkers. In 2002, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced similar legislation, but it was never approved and ultimately died. kvoa.com 30 Apr 04
  • Defense Awards versus Service Awards: Individuals assigned to a Joint Activity (i.e., a Joint Task Force, Headquarters, United States European Command, Allied Forces Southern Europe, etc.), are eligible for Defense (Joint) awards. Service members must be assigned to a Joint activity by a paragraph and line number on the Joint Manpower Document or assigned to a Joint activity by official TDY orders to be eligible for Defense awards, such as the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal or the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. (Ref: HQ United States European Command Awards and Decoration FAQ, 29 Oct 99) (Thanks Paul Skvarka)

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Defence Distinguished Service Medal

  • United States 

    Powell leads new cabinet exodus

    Military awards include Defence Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defence Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
    Civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal. theglobeandmail.com 15 Nov 04

Defence Superior Service Medal

  • Officer Receives Superior Service Medal Brig. Gen. Maynard Sanders receives the Defense Superior Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Brian Geehan, the director of logistics for the US Central Command, at Camp Arifjan recently. Sanders received the award for his accomplishments and leadership during his tour as the director of the Deployment and distribution Operations Center of the Southwest Asia theater of operation. blackanthem.com 10 Apr 06

Defence Intelligence Agency - Civilian Combat Support Medal

Defence of Freedom Medal
  • Secretary of Defence Medal for the Defence of Freedom - Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, said that the terrorist attack on the Pentagon was an act of war and so military personnel who died would be awarded the Purple Heart, the decoration given to those killed or wounded in combat. Civilian employees of the Pentagon would receive the new Secretary of Defence Medal for the Defence of Freedom. 
  • Heraldry Institute delivers on Defense of Freedom Medal

    Interesting article on how this medal was quickly created

  • Victims of Pentagon attack to receive medals (Oct 01)
  • Intelligence Agency Presents Defence of Freedom Medals  -  (Courtesy of the American Forces Press Service) (Excerpt) Washington, Oct. 19, 2001 -- The Defense Intelligence Agency awarded the first Defense of Freedom Medals to the families of their civilian employees who died Sept. 11 in the attack on the Pentagon. Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, agency director, awarded the medals to the families of the seven during a ceremony Oct. 10. "It takes very talented people and very dedicated professionals to accomplish all that they have done for this agency," Wilson said, speaking of those killed. "In so doing, they epitomized the values that we hold dear. We will forever be profoundly grateful for having known them and for having served with them. Today, we will present the Defense of Freedom medal. The medal commemorates their valor and sacrifice." The DIA employees killed in the terrorist airliner crash were Rosa Maria (Rosemary) Chapa, Springfield, Va.; Sandra N. Foster, Clinton, Md.; Robert J. Hymel, Woodbridge, Va.; Shelley A. Marshall, Marbury, Md.; Patricia E. (Patti) Mickley, Springfield, Va.; Charles E. Sabin, Burke, Va.; and Karl W. Teepe, Centreville, Va. The new medal is the civilian equivalent of the military's Purple Heart. The DIA awards were the first of the new medal. Those DoD civilians and contractors working for the department injured in the attacks of Sept. 11 are eligible for the medal. The families of Army and Navy civilians killed in the attacks will receive their medals soon.
  • Raytheon employees awarded medal (Defence of Freedom Medal) (Nov 01)
  • Iraq wound puts civilian in line for freedom medal Kevin Rohm, a civilian employee of the Army’s Field Support Command on Arsenal Island, shows the scars from shrapnel wounds he suffered during a mortar attack in Iraq about four months ago. Rohm, of Silvis, Ill., has been nominated for a Defense of Freedom medal, the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart. qctimes.com 29 Mar 04

  • Ex-area airman honored for valor in Afghanistan Staff Sgt. Jason R. Blodzinski will be honored at the ninth annual American Veterans Awards in Los Angeles. He will be the Air Force representative receiving the first Service Member Defense of Freedom Award. The AT&T-sponsored event, at which a representative of each branch of the armed forces will be honored, is scheduled to be broadcast Feb. 8 on the History Channel. Blodzinski, 26, is a member of the Air Force's elite Special Tactics unit, which is similar to the better-known Navy SEALs or Army Special Forces. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for a mission in Afghanistan on a date left unspecified for security reasons. Blodzinski was leading a night reconnaissance mission to the peak of an 11,000-foot mountain when the team came under fire from small arms and a 23mm canon. According to the citation, he directed multiple airstrikes against numerous Taliban targets, and his calm action under extremely hazardous conditions was responsible for defeating more than 5,000 Taliban soldiers. The Buffalo News 20 Nov 03
  • Medal of Freedom Award When Gary York left Yankton for Iraq, his only thought was to bring power to the country's poorest villages by rebuilding the infrastructure. For months that mission went smoothly, and it would have ended just a few weeks ago.  But instead, Christmas Eve was his last 'official' day on the job.  York and other soldiers were attacked on a dangerous highway after a meeting at a Baghdad power plant.  "I took a round that actually went through the door post of my car and went into my head just in front of my ear."  Miraculously, York survived. ksfy 21 Feb 04
  • Mistakenly given Purple Heart, DLA worker likely to get civilian equivalent Don Reed can display humor and humility in light of a confusing series of events on Jan. 31 that saw him receive the Purple Heart, only to have it revoked. Instead, the Army and his bosses at the Defense Logistics Agency-Europe hope to present Reed with the Defense of Freedom Medal, a new award designed to be the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart. “There was an administrative mistake that was made and it was caught,” said Jack Hooper, spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. “There’s no doubt he deserves recognition for what happened.” Reed, 47, suffered multiple injuries in a Nov. 25 mortar attack on a camp south of Baghdad. One piece of shrapnel grazed the back of his head while a second pierced his left calf, leaving quarter-size entry and exit wounds. Another piece the size of a green pea remains lodged in Reed’s right leg. Stars and Stripes 8 Feb 04

  • Two contractors to receive Defense of Freedom medals Two civilian contractors whose vehicle was ambushed in Kuwait Jan. 21, 2003, will be recognized by the soldiers of the 21st Theater Support Command. David Caraway and Mike Pouliot had just driven out the main gate of Camp Doha when gunmen emerged from the tree line near a traffic light and sprayed their sport utility vehicle with gunfire. Caraway, who was at the wheel, was wounded in the chest, arm and leg, but Pouliot was killed at the scene. Both men worked for San Diego-based software company Tapestry Solutions, Inc., which was under contract to work with the 21st TSC. Maj. Gen. Bennie Williams, commanding general of the 21st , will award the Defense of Freedom Medal to Caraway, who continues to work for Tapestry Solutions, and, posthumously, to Pouliot, who was the company’s vice president. Pouliot’s family will receive his award. armytimes.com 1 Nov 04

  • Army Lauds College Student Wounded Working in Iraq Scott Erwin (right) poses for a photo in the Pentagon's Hall for Heroesafter being presented the Defense of Freedom Medal by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III. On June 2, Scott Erwin was shot four times while doing his part to defend freedom in Baghdad, Iraq. Bremer described Erwin as "a very valued adviser to the Ministry of Interior" who helped most in Iraq by "teaching the Iraqis what democracy means, what's the rule of law." While in Baghdad, through his own initiative, Erwin set up a program called Ambassadors of Democracy at the city's Mustansiriya University. defenselink.mil 3 Dec 04

  • Two hit in Kuwait attack awarded civilian medal Tessa Pouliot, second from left, reaches past her mother, Carol, to David Caraway during a ceremony at Panzer Casern in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday. Caraway and Tessa’s father, Mike, were awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal. Pouliot was killed and Caraway wounded in a terrorist attack in Kuwait in late January 2003. estripes.com 6 Nov 04
  • 'Ordinary Woman' Wounded in Iraq Awarded Defense of Freedom Medal An Army & Air Force Exchange Service employee, Sarah Latona, has been awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal, the civilian equivalent of the military's Purple Heart. It's the first such award in the exchange service's 109-year history. Latona was driving a bus for the exchange service on Oct. 9, 2004, south of Baghdad when a roadside explosion ripped apart a military convoy. Her bus was destroyed, and she was wounded by shrapnel that hit her in an eye, face, right arm, right leg and backside. washingtonpost.com 4 Apr 05

  • US civilian in Italy receives Defense of Freedom medal Pete Corona has spent almost 30 years serving his adopted country. That included a 21-year stint in the Air Force, where he served in Desert Storm. As a civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers, he volunteered to serve in Iraq. Twice. He was wounded in a mortar attack on April 14, 2004, received medical treatment and served out the remainder of his 6-month tour. Friday, he was honored in a small ceremony at Caserma Ederle with the Defense of Freedom medal. Corona is the fifth member of the Army Corps of Engineers to receive the medal. estripes.com 19 Aug 06
  • Halliburton to Wounded Employee- You'll Get a Medal -- If You Don't Sue Halliburton will help its combat-zone employees get the honors and recognition they deserve -- if they promise not to sue the company. That's according to new documents released by Senate Democrats. Ray Stannard was a truck driver in Iraq for Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. In 2004, he was part of a fuel convoy that was ambushed by insurgents. Seven Americans died in the attack and 26 were injured, including Stannard. He is suing the company. His company knew the convoy's route was dangerous and unprotected, he says, but sent the convoy through anyway. "What they did was murder," Stannard told CBS News recently. "And I stick by that." The circumstances of his injuries qualified Stannard for the U.S. Defense of Freedom medal, the civilian equivalent to a soldier's Purple Heart. In offering to forward Stannard's medical records to the Department of Defense so they could confirm and appove his award, KBR required him to sign a release form. tpmmuckraker.com 18 Sep 06
  • Senator cites Maine man's courage with Defense Department medal A Windsor man was cited for his heroism under fire in Iraq as he became the first civilian contractor to receive the Medal for the Defense of Freedom. U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe pinned the medal on Alan Johnston and praised his "courageous and valiant" actions after an insurgent attack on a military training base in Mosul, Iraq, on Aug. 7, 2004. Fourteen people were killed and hundreds were injured. boston.com 27 Oct 06

  • Civilian contractor killed in Iraq wins Defense of Freedom medal A former police chief in a small North Carolina town has been posthumously awarded a medal for civilians after he was killed while working as a security contractor in Iraq. Brian J. Wagoner had been police chief in Pinebluff in Moore County. He went to work as a private contractor and was guarding an explosives demolition team when he was killed by a roadside bomb March 3, 2005. Wagoner's widow was given her husband's Defense of Freedom medal, which was created in 2001 by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to honor civilian employees and contractors killed or hurt in combat. fox21.com 26 Nov 06

  • Area Man, Facing Iraq Dangers, Awarded for Bravery On Dec. 21, 2004, Roger Bascom was about five hours away from boarding a plane and leaving Iraq when he nearly became a civilian casualty of the war there. Bascom had spent three months helping establish communications lines between command centers and the units out in the field. He was in the base dining hall four days before Christmas, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. flight out, when a suicide bomber attacked the hall, killing more than 20 Americans. For the injuries he endured, Bascom was awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal. kitsapsun.com 17 Jan 07
  • Former Hostages to Receive Defense of Freedom Medal Three U.S. defense contractors held captive for more than five years by Colombian narcoterrorists will receive the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart award. Southcom Commander Navy Adm. James Stavridis will present the Defense of Freedom Medal to Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Thomas Howes during the March 12 ceremonies. All three were injured during 1,967 days of captivity in the jungles of Colombia at the hands of the Colombian revolutionary armed forces, known as the FARC. The Defense Department established the Defense of Freedom Medal following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to honor Defense Department employees and defense contractors injured or killed while supporting department activities. To date, 37 people have received the award. Stansell, Gonsalves and Howes were crew members taking part in a routine mission to detect cocaine crops over southern Colombia on Feb. 13, 2003, when an in-flight emergency forced the pilot to crash-land the aircraft they were riding in. FARC members stormed the site and murdered pilot Thomas Janis, a U.S. citizen, and Colombian army Sgt. Luis Alcides Cruz before taking the three other Americans captive. dvidshub.net 9 Mar 09

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  • Medal Bid for Fallen Chaplain (Sen. Charles Schumer yesterday called on President Bush to award the Medal of Freedom to Rev. Mychal Judge, the Fire Department chaplain who perished in the collapse of the Twin Towers while ministering to fallen firefighters) (Nov 01) 

Defence of Liberty Medal

  • Local Guardsmen Given Defense Of Liberty Medal Ten members of the New York National Guard were presented with medals, honoring them for their contributions to homeland security after Sept. 11, 2001. All received the Defense of Liberty medal, given to those who work more than 30 consecutive days of service. An additional 50 local members of the National Guard are scheduled to receive the medal later this year, NewsChannel 5 reported. Thousands more are to be distributed statewide. Navy medals go to 8 reservists (Dec 02)

Department of Commerce

Department of  Defence

  • Civilian Personnel Management Service - Outstanding Career Service Award
  • Department of Defense Decorations (Foxfall)
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal (Executive Order 11545 – Jul 9, 1970)
  • Defence Meritorious Service Medal (Executive Order 12019 – Nov 3, 1977)
  • Defense Superior Service Medal (Executive Order 11904 – Feb 6, 1976)
  • Dept of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service Awarded (Photo) - Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas S. Foley was presented with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The medal is the highest honorary award presented by the U.S. military to private citizens (Apr 02)
  • A time of light and heat U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms was presented with the Medal for Distinguished Public Service during a private tribute at the Pentagon. The award recognizes Helms' contributions to the military during his years in the Senate. Helms, the top ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, served in the Navy during World War II. (Nov 02)
  • Peter F. Verga (Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security - Biography) Awarded the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award. During his military service his awards included, among others; the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Star medals, the Purple Heart, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, twenty-one Air Medals (Oct 02)
  • Department Of Defense "National Junior Science and Symposium" Medal (Photo)
  • Department of Interior/National Park Service Medal of Valor - Ranger earns medal by saving 17-year-old Blane Dolges, a Cuyahoga Valley National Park ranger, has received a Medal of Valor from the Department of Interior/National Park Service during ceremonies in Washington. Dolges, a park ranger for 15 years, was commended for his quick action, despite placing himself in danger, in saving the life of a 17-year-old youth in the park who was trying to commit suicide. The medal is the highest award presented by the National Park Service. Does anyone have an image of this medal? (Oct 02)

  • Defense minister awarded top US medal South Korean Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo was awarded the highest medal given by the U.S. Department of Defense to non-U.S. citizens, while his wife was given a civilian service medal from the U.S. Army. The U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service was presented to Kim by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow in an honor guard ceremony held in Seoul¡¯s Yongsan Garrison. Meanwhile, the Department of Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal was presented to Kim¡¯s wife, Park, by Gen. B. B. Bell, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea and the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command. Kim was praised for his dedication and support for the South Korea-U.S. alliance and his help in launching the nations¡¯ joint campaign against terrorism by deploying some 3,000 South Korean troops to Iraq, then the third-largest contingent in post-war Iraq.Kim is the first South Korean minister to be awarded the highest Defense Department medal, according to ministry officials. kois.go.kr 15 Feb 08
  • President George W. Bush is presented with the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service Medal for President Bush  U.S. President George W. Bush is given the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a farewell tribute at Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia, January 6, 2009. At right is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. news.yahoo.com 6 Jan 09

Department of Homeland Security

  • Announcement of Selectees for the Secretary's First Annual Department of Homeland Security Awards Secretary's Award for Excellence: (Team Award), Maritime Transportation Security Act Team, (Individual Award), Lt Fancis Del Rosso, Jr. (Station Washington, DC). C. Secretary's First Response Team Award: Crew of CGNR 1719, HC-130 Rescue Crew (Air Station Barber's Point, Kaoplei, HI). D. Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service: Ms. Diana C. Garcia (ISC, San Prdro, CA). E. Secretary's Award for Valor: Distinguished Flying Cross: AST1 Brian E. Laubenstein (Air Station Cape Cod, MA), Coast Guard Medal: BM1 Jacob M. Carawam (Statopm Pal Os;amd, NC), Coast Guard Medal: AST3 William D. Foreman (Air Station Elizabeth City, NC), Coast Guard Medal: MK2 Rusty L. Sink (Station Oak Island, NC), Coast Guard Medal: Lt Dale T. Taylor (Ait Station Savannah, GA). F. Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Management: Lt Lane A. Solak, (Coast Guard Recruiting Command, Arlington, VA). military.com 29 Nov 04

  • Slain BSO deputy, partner get first Homeland Security valor awards Slain Broward Sheriff's Office Detective Todd Fatta, his wounded partner and a federal immigration officer were awarded the nation's first Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards for Valor. Fatta, his partner, BSO Sgt. Angelo Cedeno, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Christopher Harvey were ambushed during a raid on a child porn suspect's Fort Lauderdale home on Aug. 19. sun-sentinel.com 2 Dec 04

Department of Justice

  • Department of Justice Awards Young American Medal for Bravery/Medal for Service

  • Dept of Justice - The Young American Medal for Bravery Program

  • Program Regulations  More Regulations Apr 02

  • Local Girl Nominated for Bravery Award (Gov. Bob Taft (Ohio) has nominated the late Katie Luchsinger of Miami Townhsip for the award, for saving her siblings during a fire in their home in 1999. Katie, who was 11 at the time, woke and carried her 13-year-old brother, who has cerebral palsy, down stairs to the front door after hearing a fire alarm at 1 a.m. While trying to get her brother out of the house Katie instructed her 10-year-old sister to go outside. A neighbor forced open the front door and pulled Katie's brother, who was unconscious, out of the house. Firefighters were unable to enter the house and Katie died on April 18, 1999. The Young American Medal for Bravery is awarded to U.S. residents who have exhibited exceptional courage, attended by extraordinary decision, presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action. Those nominated also acted without regard to their own safety in an effort to save the life of someone else in danger. 

Department of the Navy:

Distinguished Federal Civilian Service

Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross

Distinguished Public Service Medal
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal

Federal Bureau of Prisons Commendation Medal (BOP CM) - A bronze-finished medal suspended from a blue ribbon divided by a 1/4" white center stripe, a 1/8" white stripe, and a 1/16" white stripe separating the midpoint from the end of the ribbon ending with a blue stripe on each end. Does anyone have an image of this medal?

France Legion d'honneur
Foreign Awards to US Citizens

US Global War on Terrorism Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal

Gold Life-Saving Medal

Gold Medal of Remembrance Gold Medal of Remembrance

Good Conduct Medal (Executive Order 8809 – Jun 28, 1941)

Persian Gulf War Medals (Ed Emering) (Mar 02)

Humanitarian Service Medal (Executive Order 11965 –Jan 19, 1977)  

Iraq Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Korea Defence Service Medal

Korean Service Medal

Kosovo Campaign Medal