Updated: 11 November, 2009

United States

 Individual Medals (Alphabetically L-Z)

US Legion of Merit Medal Legion of Merit

Lifesaving Medal
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service
Medal for Humane Action (Executive Order 10325 – Feb 7, 1952)

Medal of Freedom
(Executive Order 9586 –Jul 6, 1945)

Medal of Honor

 
Medal of Merit - Executive Order 9637 – Oct 3, 1945

Meritorious Service Medal:

Meritorious Unit Commendation

National Humanities Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Navy Commendation Medal

Navy Cross

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal

Navy Meritorious Public Service Award

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Navy Unit Commendation Medal

Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Presidential Citizens Medal
    
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Executive Order 10694 – Jan 10, 1957)
    • WWII parachutists get presidential award (Presidential Unit Citation)

    • Vietnam SOG unit to receive citation (A once top-secret special operations unit will receive the Presidential Unit Citation on April 4 for its role in the Vietnam War) (Mar 01)

    • World War II Unit Receives Highest Military Honor (9th Armored Division's Combat Command A receive the Presidential Unit Citation for stalling Hitler's all-or-nothing surprise attack through the Ardennes Forest) (Sep 01)
    • Five SAS Heroes to get top US Honour - Five British soldiers who saved a CIA agent's life in a battle in Afghanistan are to be given the US Presidential citation. The SAS heroes, who have not been named, will get the highest honour America can give foreign troops for fighting at Mazar-e-Sharif. The last Presidential citation went to an Australian Army company in the Vietnam war in 1968. (Mar 02)

    • Korean War vet finally honored for service (Former Sgt. 1st Class Arnold E. Kirk was presented the Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. The awards were for Kirk's service September 1951 to June 1952 as a forward observer with the 37th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. (May 02)
    • Marines Cited for Valor in Iraq The Navy has awarded its highest unit honor to the Marines who invaded Iraq, pushed north to Baghdad and helped Army troops take the capital. Navy Secretary Gordon England gave the Presidential Unit Citation to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on Monday. The award is the highest given by the U.S. military to an entire unit. Marine units have won 40 of the awards in the corps' 228-year history, the last coming in 1968 during the Vietnam War. washington post 5 Nov 03

    • Florida Naval Reservists Receive Presidential Unit Citation Naval Reservists in Miami, back from combat support operations in Iraq and Kuwait, were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their efforts from March through April. U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of the 25th District of Florida recognized the Naval Reserve 4th Force Service Support Group (NR 4FSSG), 4th Medical Battalion (4MB), Headquarters and Service (H&S) Company Detachment 15 (D15) at a special ceremony at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center (NMCRC) Miami. Navy Newsstand 16 Jan 04
    • Seabees Earn Presidential Unit Citation Seabees that deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom under the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Engineer Group (I MEG) were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Nov. 14. The medal is the highest Navy unit award. "During the 33 days of combat, to the transition to civil-military operations, I MEF sustained a tempo of operations never before seen on the modern battlefield, conducting four major river crossings, maintaining the initiative and sustaining forces. The ferocity and duration of the campaign was made possible through the skills and determination of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and coalition partners comprising I MEF at all levels, all echelons, and in all occupational fields," the citation read. Navy Newstand 21 Nov 03

    • Florida Naval Reservists Receive Presidential Unit Citation Naval Reservists in Miami, back from combat support operations in Iraq and Kuwait, were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their efforts from March through April 2003. U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of the 25th District of Florida recognized the Naval Reserve 4th Force Service Support Group (NR 4FSSG), 4th Medical Battalion (4MB), Headquarters and Service (H&S) Company Detachment 15 (D15) at a special ceremony at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center (NMCRC) Miami. The ceremony recognized the unit’s support of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Operation Iraqi freedom. NR 4FSSG 4MB H&S D15 risked life and limb during the deployment as they tended to the critical wounds of Marines, Sailors and Soldiers being rushed back from the front lines. Navy Newsstand 16 Jan 04
    • 1st MOB plans reunion in Biloxi for Oct. 12-14 During the conflicts in Southeast Asia, the 1st Mobile Communications Group was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, a Philippine Republic Unit Citation and a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. The unit also received 23 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, three with "V" devices for gallant service in Southeast Asia. The group also was awarded a Navy Meritorious Unit Citation from the 26th Marine Division, Reinforced, for actions and support at the Khe Sahn Combat Base, RVN. sunhearld.com 24 Sep 04
    • Enduring Freedom Task Force Earns Presidential Unit Citation President Bush awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to members of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – SOUTH/Task Force K-BAR (CJSOTF-SOUTH/TF K-BAR) Dec. 7 during a private ceremony for their heroic efforts while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from October 2001 to March 2002. Capt. Robert Harward commanded the CJSOTF-SOUTH, which was established in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Task Force was comprised of U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land), Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewmen, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force Combat Controllers, and Coalition special operations forces from Canada, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The Citation was presented to the Task Force on the same day that President Hamid Karzai was sworn in as President of Afghanistan. “The tremendous successes achieved by the Task Force during the first six months of OEF paved the way for this day,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Maguire, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, referring to the swearing in of President Karzai. The CJSOTF-SOUTH initially operated from Oman, and then moved forward to locations in the southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan. Its primary mission was to destroy, degrade, and neutralize the Taliban and Al Qaeda leadership and military. During its six-month existence, Task Force K-BAR was the driving force behind myriad combat operations. These extremely high-risk missions set a powerful precedent, and included search and rescue; recovery dive operations; boardings of high-interest, non-compliant vessels; special reconnaissance; sensitive site exploitation; direct action; hydrographic reconnaissance; destruction of multiple cave and tunnel complexes; apprehension of military and political detainees; identification and destruction of Al Qaeda training camps; explosion of thousands of pounds of enemy ordnance; and successful coordination of unconventional warfare operations for Afghanistan. The warriors of CJSOTF/TF K-BAR established an unprecedented 100 percent mission success rate across a broad spectrum of special operations missions under extremely difficult and constantly dangerous conditions. Navy Secretary Gordon England, who was the approving authority for the award, Vice Adm. Bert Calland, and U.S. and coalition forces were also present at the ceremony. In the citation accompanying the award, England praised them for “their outstanding courage, resourcefulness, and aggressive fighting spirit in combat against a well equipped, well trained and treacherous terrorist enemy.” Additionally, England said, “They established benchmark standards of professionalism, tenacity, courage, tactical brilliance, and operational excellence.” This event marks the first time since the Vietnam era that a Naval Special Warfare unit received this award. news.navy.mil 8 Dec 04
    • FH-3 Earns Presidential Unit Commendation Fleet Hospital (FH) 3 received the Presidential Unit Commendation April 8 for its work in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The 285-member FH 3 unit served under the I Marine Expeditionary Force during the initial combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in March 2003 became the Navy’s first Expeditionary Medical Facility to have operated in a combat zone during the onset of hostilities in Iraq. The unit was located at Camp Viper, 25 miles southwest of An Nasiriyah. news.navy.mil 11 Apr 05

    • Highest honor for the 1165th A former member of the Fairhope-based 1165th Military Police Company said that he's saddened all members of the unit didn't survive its tour of duty in Iraq, but he's proud that the unit is being honored for heroism. The Alabama Army National Guard unit, which had 12 members wounded and one killed in Iraq, will receive the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an entire unit. al.com 17 Apr 05

    • 1165th receives top awards The 1165th Military Police Company has been awarded two very prestigious awards by the U.S. Army - the Valorous Unit Award and the Presidential Unit Citation. The Valorous United Award was presented for the group's work during the period between March 13, 2003, to Jan. 31, 2004, while serving directly under the 18th Military Police Brigade in Iraq. By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Valorous Unit Award is awarded to the 18th Military Police Brigade and its subordinate units, which includes the 1165th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard. During the period between April 16, 2004, to July 15, 2004, the 1165th Military Police Company served under the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division. By direction of the President of the United States of America, the Unit Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and its subordinate units. The 1165th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard will be awarded the Unit Presidential Unit Citation while serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. brewtonstandard.com 30 Nov 05

    • NSW Forces Receive Presidential Unit Citation Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter presented one of the nation’s highest military awards to a Naval Special Warfare task group and its subordinate tactical and support elements May 10 during a ceremony at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command. SECNAV praised the Sailors’ bravery and dedication as he presented the Presidential Unit Citation to NSW Task Group-Central, NSW Squadron 3, and NSW Unit 3 for their actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. NSW Task Group-Central and the subordinate elements participated in the largest NSW operation in history. Members of the unit and squadron seized oil terminals in the Northern Persian Gulf, and Task Group-Central coordinated the assault around the Al Faw pipeline. Their actions prevented ecological disaster by securing several oil-related targets that had been rigged with explosives. news.navy.mil 15 May 06

    • Young soldier receives Presidential award for valor and victory in Fallujah battle Rob Torres had a dream to serve his country with pride, ensuring that freedom would reign. He reached his goal. This dedicated young soldier of the army fought fierce skirmishes with terrorists in the battle of Fallujah last November, when he was a member of the First Infantry Division. After a harrowing 10-day battle, his unit successfully drove out the terrorists, and as a result they received the highly coveted Presidential Unit Citation award. During the battle he was stationed in Baqubah, Iraq, which is northeast of Baghdad. zwore/cp, 4 Jan 06
    • Marine squadron recognized for valor Maj. Gen. John Castellaw, left, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C., hangs the Presidential Unit Citation onto VMFA (AW)-533's battle colors at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. VMFA 251 and 533 both received the citation for combat action while serving with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. BeaufortGazette 15 Nov 03

    • Local veteran receives long overdue medals  Sgt. William Bruce Stocstill of Fayetteville with a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal, as well as a Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon NAV/USCO Unit and a Commendation Navy with one Bronze Star ribbon. (Dec 02)
    • Fairhope-based National Guard unit receives the Army's highest ... A crowd of family members, friends and Alabama dignitaries rose to its feet as the Fairhope-based 1165th Military Police Company received the highest award bestowed upon an Army unit. Army officials hooked blue and yellow streamers representing the Presidential Unit Citation atop the company's green flag. And a standing ovation broke out for the men and women who, according to military officials, became the first Alabama National Guard unit to receive the award for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than three years after first being deployed, they accepted two other decorations: the Army's Valorous Unit Award, that military branch's third-highest award, and the Combat Action Badge. al.com 9 Jul 06

    • SAS soldiers awarded rare presidential honour It was almost as if the elite New Zealand Special Air Service soldier did not want an accolade from United States President George W. Bush. His Presidential Unit Citation disappeared rapidly into the pocket of his Army camouflage trousers as soon as Defence Minister Phil Goff presented it to him. The SAS soldier - who cannot be identified - seemed uncomfortable with his public honour at the rare event in SAS history at the Papakura Military Camp, South Auckland. The SAS operates out of the public eye, its activities shrouded in secrecy. The soldier was one of nearly 200 fighting men and women from the 1 NZSAS group who received the ribbon of the award bestowed on them by Mr Bush in 2004. The citation said it was for "extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy in Afghanistan". The SAS were deployed into the heart of the war against terrorism a month after the September 11 attack on New York, in 2001. The ribbon took three years to reach the soldiers at their Papakura base because uniform regulations required a different mounting bar for the New Zealand Army uniform. The citation was rarely awarded to American military units, let alone units outside the US, said American defence attache to New Zealand, navy captain Rick Martinez. The last time a presidential unit citation was awarded to any country other than an American military unit was in 1966. That also went to a New Zealand Army unit - 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery - for its work in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. nzherald.co.nz 24 May 07
    • Obama to honor Army troop for valor in Vietnam President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Unit Citation to an Army troop for heroism in Vietnam. The White House has announced that 86 veterans of Troop A, 1st Squadron of the 11th Armored Combat Regiment will attend a ceremony with the president Tuesday in the Rose Garden. The Presidential Unit Citation goes to U.S. Armed Forces units for showing extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. A statement from the White House says the citation recognizes Troop A's "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry" on March 26, 1970, when it rescued an American infantry company surrounded on the Cambodian border by an overwhelming enemy force. google.com 17 Oct 09

Prisoner of War Medal

  • Prisoner Of War Medal (Army Regulations)
  • Two receive POW medals Fifty-nine years after their release, two World War II veterans received prisoner-of-war medals. "It's quite an honor. I never thought I'd get it personally from the secretary," said James K. Miller, 79, a former Army staff sergeant who was taken prisoner in eastern France in January 1945 and was held five months in two German stalags until he was freed that May. Allen V. Jones, 83, then a second lieutenant serving as a bombardier on a B-24 shot down over Germany in June 1944, said that he was not even aware that he was eligible for the POW medal until a friend recently advised him. Courier-Journal News 12 Feb 04
  • A medal at last for Brockton WWII veteran 60 years after Cpl. Walter "Bucky" O'Brien was captured by German soldiers during World War II, his family will receive the Prisoner of War Medal he earned and was promised so many years ago. O'Brien was a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped on D-Day and was captured by the Germans in 1944, then escaped after 18 months of captivity. He and a fellow prisoner slept during the day, traveled at night and eventually found their way back to American forces. enterprise.southofboston.com 29 Dec 04

  • 1st POW Killed In Vietnam Is Given Honors Dick Bennett, right, brother of slain Vietnam POW Staff Sgt. Harold George Bennett, speaks with well-wishers near a display of medals presented to the Bennett family. Harold Bennett was the first American POW executed during the Vietnam War. In what the State Department called a "wanton act of murder," the Viet Cong executed Harold George Bennett of Perryville 41 years ago, after Bennett injured a soldier while trying to escape from a prison camp for the third time. Bennett, the first U.S. prisoner of war put to death during the Vietnam War, was remembered for his long-forgotten "courage and honor." A fellow soldier quickly documented Bennett's heroism, but recognition efforts stalled. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) presented Bennett's family with a Combat Infantryman's Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart. washingtonpost.com 21 Apr 06
     
  • 60 years later, Purple Heart honors veteran Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Abraham Hankin, a UC Berkeley graduate and 86-year-old survivor of the Bataan Death March, finally received his Purple Heart  — 60 years late. Capt. Dave Buckey, a Navy ROTC commander, presented the medal to Hankin a commissioning ceremony on campus for cadets graduating from UC Berkeley's ROTC program. Hankin also received the Prisoner of War Medal for the hardships he faced in six POW camps from 1942-45. berkeley.edu 22 May 06
     
  • Oregon Governor To Present Purple Heart, POW Medal To Bataan Survivor Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski will present the Purple Heart and a Prisoner of War (POW) medal to a World War II veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March. More than 60 years later, Omar McGuire, 85, of Eugene will receive the medals. medfordnews.com 26 May 06 
  • Public Safety Medal of Valor
    • Congress may create a medal for rescuers (Legislation to create a Public Safety Medal of Valor, and to make the first recipients the police officers, firefighters and others who participated in rescue operations, or were killed or wounded, at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The medal would be "the highest national award that can be bestowed on public safety officers) (Oct 01)
    • Leahy Mixes Medals for 9-11 Heroes - Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., has decided that a whole new category of Americans is unsuitable for high honors: the heroes of 9-11. The leading Senate liberal has single-handedly torpedoed a plan to pay tribute to cops and firefighters who gave their lives in last September's terrorist attacks, the New York Post reports in Friday editions. The new "Presidential Medal of Valor" was created just a year ago, with the hero cops and firemen slated to become its first honorees. But though the House of Representatives unanimously approved the 9-11 tribute, Leahy, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has decided to nix a committee vote on the proposal, effectively killing the idea. More Award Sponsor Defends Leahy Blunder - Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., has reversed a decision made by his office to block a special Presidential Medal of Valor award for the 400 cops and firefighters who died in New York City's rescue efforts during the 9-11 attack. But Leahy is blaming his staff, not himself.  Leahy Statement on Medal of Valor Award Issue (Apr 02) Vote set for Sept. 11 Medal (The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote 18 April 2002 on measures that would award congressional Medals of Valor to public safety officials killed in the Sept. 11 attacks - despite some reservations from the committee chairman. One bill would award medals to public safety officers, including firefighters, who were killed or seriously injured in the terrorist attacks. Another would give the honor only to those who died. More than 400 firefighters, police and emergency workers were killed at the World Trade Center. Under the third, House-passed measure introduced by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Elmhurst), which would also include those seriously injured, Congress would recommend people for the award. Leahy contends a committee of peers should make the selection, said David Carle, a Leahy spokesman, as provided in the legislation setting up the award for valor by public safety workers. "The issue is not whether awards should be given to fallen firefighters, police and other public safety officers involved in the September 11 attacks," Leahy said in a statement. "But how to do it in a way that makes this award one that is credible and as meaningful as possible."(Apr 02)
    • 10 Safety Officers Get Valor Medal The first recipients of the nation's highest award for valor by a public safety officer. The recipients of the 2002 award are Keith Borders; Robert Giorgio, fire chief, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Eric Svihovec, volunteer firefighter, New York; Sean VanAtter, firefighter, Hillsborough County, Fla.; and Ron Kennett, Rick Klein, Robert Borer, Mike Wright, Guy Jones and Jeremy Hosek, firefighters, Lincoln, Neb. The award is presented annually to five recipients nominated by an independent advisory panel of former police and firefighters. This year, the six Nebraska firefighters qualified for the fifth award, but each received a medal. (Feb 03)
    • Attorney General Presents the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Award The recipients of the 2002 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor are:  Keith N. Borders of Las Vegas, NV; Robert Borer, Jeremy Hosek, Guy Jones, Ron Kennett, Rick Klein, and Mike Wright, all of Lincoln, NE;  Robert Giorgio of Cherry Hill, NJ;  Eric Svihovec of Miller Place, NY; and  Sean VanAtter of Tampa, FL. A synopsis of the acts of valor is attached. (Mar 03)

    • San Antonio Officer Gets Medal At The White House He was the rookie hero who fought off a vicious criminal during a shootout last year. Now, officer Michael Muniz is being honored by the White House for his bravery. Muniz will be given the presidential medal of valor Monday in Washington, D.C. Either President Bush or Vice-president Dick Cheney will present him the medal. woai.com 19 Mar 04
    • Medal Of Valor Recipients Honored At Justice Dept Deputy Attorney General James Comey and Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum honored the recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a public ceremony at the Department of Justice. The six recipients of the award represent fire, police and emergency medical services from across the nation. The Medal is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, honoring outstanding heroic deeds performed above and beyond the call of duty. The recipients of the 2003-2004 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor are: James Ahern of Boston, MA; John Ahern of Boston, MA; Kevin Fitzhenry of Bayonne, NJ; Michael Muniz of San Antonio, TX; Barry J. Ralston of Amarillo, TX; and Marcus Young of Ukiah, CA. A description of the acts of valor is attached. officer.com 5 Apr 04
  • Vice President Dick Cheney and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales Honor Medal of Valor Recipients The recipients of the 2003-2004 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor are: Rodney Lee Chambers, Washington, D.C.; Jennifer Fulford-Salvano, Orange County, Fla.; Andrew J. Phillips, Marietta, Ga.; and Thomas D. Richards, Lexington, Ky. In addition, a team of six from Kansas City, Mo., includes Phillip Atwood, David Bradley, Marvin Donaldson, Stephen Johnson, Patrick Martin, and Sean McKarnin. Synopses of Acts of Valor: Rodney Lee Chambers, Amtrak Police Department, Washington, D.C. On June 9, 2003, Officer Chambers was on patrol at Union Station when reports came in from dispatch regarding a man seen with a grenade. Officer Chambers located and stopped the man. Once stopped, the man pulled the pin on the grenade and attempted to drop it. Officer Chambers made a split- second decision and grabbed the grenade in the man’s hand and squeezed it, not allowing it to detonate. Officer Chambers then wrestled the grenade from the suspect’s control and moved away from bystanders and other public safety personnel. Officer Chambers held the grenade for 15-20 minutes waiting for the bomb disposal team to arrive. Bomb disposal officers arrived and took the device from Officer Chambers. The device was later determined to be inoperable, yet this was unknown to Chambers at the time of the incident. Jennifer Fulford-Salvano, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Ocoee, Fla. On May 5, 2004, Deputy Fulford-Salvano responded to a burglary-in-progress call after an 8-year-old boy called to inform the police that “strange men” were in his home with weapons and that he and his sister were hiding inside a van in the garage. Deputy Fulford-Salvano, first on the scene, entered the garage to check on the child and his sister who were still hiding in the family van. As deputies took their positions, two men emerged from the house and fired upon the deputies. Deputy Fulford-Salvano became trapped in the garage between two vehicles and the assailants who were firing at her. Deputy Fulford-Salvano then returned fire. Although she was struck a total of ten times, including on her shooting hand, she was able to retrieve her weapon with her other hand and continue firing until both gunmen fell to the ground. The assailants were apprehended and the children were kept safe and unharmed throughout the incident. Andrew J. Phillips, Marietta Police Department, Marietta, Ga. On March 11, 2004, while serving a warrant at a house to search for drugs, the team encountered four individuals. While securing the individuals, the team began taking fire from an unknown suspect. One agent was shot in the lower part of the body, and another was hit in his helmet. Agent Phillips witnessed the two agents going down and advanced through a blind hallway seeking the suspect and returning fire. Upon reaching the room where the suspect was hiding and armed with a rifle, Agent Phillips fired, causing the suspect to drop his weapon and surrender. Agent Phillips apprehended the suspect and protected his fellow agents from further harm. The wounded agent later recovered from his injuries. Thomas D. Richards, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police, Lexington, Ky. On February 13, 2004, police, fire, and emergency services were dispatched to assist a woman with gunshot wounds to the head. The suspect, concealed inside the house, began to shoot at the team of public safety officers assembled. Six of the fire and emergency services team were pinned down by the suspect and two were shot, one fatally. Officer Richards noticed that the firefighters were unable to move to safe positions and drove his police cruiser directly into the line of fire in an attempt to shield the wounded firefighters from the assailant’s shots. The suspect fired again, shattering the cruiser’s window, narrowly missing Officer Richards. The suspect then stopped firing, but Officer Richards remained with the firefighters until they could be safely evacuated by a police extraction team. Team Members: Kansas City Missouri Fire Department, Kansas City, Mo. Fire Capt. Phillip Atwood, Fire Capt. Patrick Martin, Firefighter David Bradley, Firefighter Marvin Donaldson, Firefighter Stephen Johnson, and Fire Apparatus Operator Sean McKarnin On February 23, 2004, firefighters were called to a residential fire that resulted from an explosion in south Kansas City. Arriving firefighters came under heavy and rapid gunfire shortly after arriving on the scene. A paramedic suffered injuries from the gunfire, but was pulled to safety by team members. The firefighters then remained pinned down by 20-30 minutes of automatic weapon fire before a second explosion destroyed the building and the gunfire ceased. i-newswire.com 15 Jul 05

    • United States - KC Firefighters Awarded Medal Of Valor Several Kansas City firefighters will be awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor. Firefighters David Bradley, Marvin Donaldson and Stephen Johnson and Fire Apparatus Operator Sean McKarnin will also be honored. The men are being recognized for helping to save paramedic Mary Seymour, who was shot by a sniper during a standoff on Feb. 23, 2004. Police, firefighters and paramedics were responding to reports of an explosion and came under heavy fire shortly after arriving at the scene. thekansascitychannel.com 13 Jul 05

    • United States - Marietta officer to receive Medal of Valor Marietta police Officer Andrew Phillips will receive the National Public Safety Medal of Valor , the first officer from Georgia to receive the award. Phillips, a six-year veteran of the Marietta police force, is being recognized for saving the lives of two fellow officers who were shot during apprehension of a suspect last year. ajc.com 13 Jul 05

  • Lifeguard to get medal for rescues Veteran city lifeguard Matt Wilson, who has been widely praised for rescuing three teenagers from heavy surf nearly two years ago, is about to get more kudos. Wilson, 33, will receive a California medal of valor from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the nighttime rescue Jan. 18, 2004. The governor plans to award him the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor this fall. signonsandiego.com 26 Aug 05

  • Fallen to get Valor award  The city's fallen 9/11 heroes are to be awarded the nation's highest award of valor. Families of firefighters, police and Port Authority cops killed in the terror attacks are set to travel to Washington to receive the Medal of Valor award from President George Bush. A special Medal of Valor for 9/11 heroes was created to recognize public safety officers who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. A total of 442 public safety officers died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. nydailynews.com 3 Sep 05

  •   9/11 Rescuers Receive Posthumous Medals President Bush honored 442 firefighters, police officers, and rescuers who died Sept. 11, awarding posthumous Medals of Valor to their families at a White House ceremony. The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor were created by Congress. The Sept. 11 attacks killed 343 members of the Fire Department of New York City, 50 Port Authority police officers and assistants, 23 New York Police Department officers, three state court officers, and members of the Secret Service, the FBI, and private ambulance workers. washingtonpost.com 9 Sep 05

  • United States - Officer Gets Medal Of Valor Award A SWAT officer who killed a gunman who already had shot him and other officers has received the nation's highest public safety honor. President George W. Bush awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to Peter Koe. Koe, a 17-year police veteran, was one of five recipients of the honor. Koe shot and killed Kenneth C. Anderson, 33, in August 2004 during a shootout on the city's south side in which Anderson killed patrolman Timothy "Jake" Laird and wounded several other officers. Koe was shot in the leg during the gunfight. Anderson had already killed his mother before he opened fire on police with an assault rifle. theindychannel.com 17 Mar 06
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    Police Officers Win Public Safety Medal Of Valor President Bush meets with recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medals of Valor, March 16, 2006, in the Oval Office at the White House. Left to right are Battalion Chief Gene F. Large, Jr., Fort Walton Beach, Fla, Marissa Hurst, Wife of slain officer Bryan Hurst, Columbus, Ohio, Bush, Officer Peter Alfred Koe, Indianapolis, Ind., Officer Timothy Greene, Rock Hill, SC, and Firefighter Edward Frederic Henry, Charleston, SC. officer.com 17 Mar 06

    • Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales Honors Medal of Valor Recipients 

      Synopses of Acts of Valor

          On March 18, 2005 , a citizen flagged down Officer Timothy Greene of the Rock Hill , SC Police Department to report a bank robbery. Upon his arrival at the bank, employees identified the fleeing suspect's vehicle, which Officer Greene stopped. The suspect, however, exited the vehicle and fired at least six rounds from a semi-automatic pistol at Greene, injuring him and shattering his patrol car windshield. Greene pursued the suspect, provided details of the event and gave directions to other responding officers in spite of suffering cuts and abrasions to his face and having been shot at least 20 times before the suspect was finally overpowered. Officer Greene maintained exceptional composure, presence of mind, and concern for the officers assisting him throughout the incident.

          On April 24, 2005 , Firefighter Edward F. Henry of the city of Charleston , SC Fire Department responded to a house fire. Occupants fleeing the building told Henry that people were still inside. Henry entered the house without the protection of a hose team, and battling thick smoke and flames, made his way upstairs where he found a victim lying on the floor. Unable to use the stairs, he broke two windows and lifted the victim out to be rescued by ladder. He then took off his mask and gave it to the victim, who with help from other firefighters, climbed down the 35-foot ladder to safety. After ensuring the victim was safe, Henry checked his air supply and re-entered the house to continue his search for additional victims. Firefighter Henry showed little regard for his safety that day in his dedication to protect and save others.

          On January 6, 2005 , Officer Bryan S. Hurst of the Columbus , OH Division of Police was working uniformed special duty at a bank when a masked gunman entered. Hurst and the gunman exchanged fire, which wounded the suspect in the arm and the hand. The gunman managed to lean over the teller's counter, which Hurst was using for cover, and shot him in the chest just above his body armor. In spite of receiving a mortal wound, Hurst maneuvered around the counter and fired at the suspect before he collapsed. Authorities apprehended the gunman several days later when he sought medical attention at a hospital in Washington , D.C. Officer Hurst's quick action, exceptional courage, and persistence protected the lives of the many people at the bank.

          On August 18, 2004, Officer Peter Alfred Koe of the Indianapolis, IN Police Department received information over the radio that several fellow officers had been shot -- one fatally -- by a rampaging gunman. Koe and other officers went immediately to the scene, where Koe was shot by a hidden gunman. He suffered a leg wound while glass and debris struck him in the face and body. Out of concern for the safety of the other wounded officers, Koe advanced on the gunman, exchanging gunfire at close range and effectively subduing him. Even after the event, Koe directed medical responders to attend to his fellow officers while minimizing his critical wounds. Officer Koe showed remarkable composure and control while protecting his fellow officers.

          On April 7, 2005 , Battalion Chief Gene F. Large, Jr. of the Fort Walton Beach , FL Fire Department was dispatched to assist in an ocean surf rescue. Three firefighters and a sheriff's deputy were attempting to rescue a swimmer caught in a rip current among six- to-eight foot waves, which had pulled all five away from shore. Neither the Coast Guard nor the fire rescue craft were able to attempt a rescue in the high waves. Two of the rescuers were losing consciousness from cold and exhaustion. Large swam a rescue board -- a maneuver not usually attempted in such rough seas -- and instructed the five to lock arms while holding on to the board. Large was able to break the rip current's hold and maneuver the five safely to shore by coordinating their kicking to work with the waves. Large's quick thinking and exceptional courage, while exposing himself to great risk, saved five people whose lives were at grave risk. ojp.usdoj.gov 16 Mar 06

    US Presidential Citizens Medal
    Presidential Citizen's Medal
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Republic of Korea War Service Medal

  • Republic of Korea War Service Medal  - The US Government has approved the acceptance of the Republic of Korea War Service Medal after 48 years by all United States service members who fought there during the Korean War. The medal will not be issued, so veterans will have to purchase the medal.
  • Vets of the Forgotten War They risked their lives for freedom fifty years ago, but it wasn't until recently that some South Dakota veterans were recognized for their bravery and service.  Long-overdue medals were awarded in Sioux Falls to these proud soldiers on Friday.  The men recognized all say they served in the 'Forgotten War.' KSFY, SD - 30 May 200

  • Republic of Korea War Service Medal  

  • Update on the Republic of Korea War Service Medal

  • There are actually two different types of the Korean War Service Medal.  Many collectors are familiar with the "Crossed Bullets" medal. There is an earlier, Korean War Service Medal, authorized by ROK Presidential Decree #390 on Oct. 24, 1950.  This earlier medal is enameled, and I am assuming that the Korean Government decided to produce a less expensive medal, consequently the crossed bullets medal.  I have both types of this medal in my collection, and a copy of the original Presidential Decree.  The official Korean name for the Korean War Service Medal is  "6.25 Incident Participation Medal".  The 6.25 refers to June 25th, 1950, the day the North Koreans started the War. (Ref: email Don Pfeifer)  
  • Korean War Service Medal
  • After 50 years, Korean War vet awaits medal  Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal to U.S. veterans. More (Sep 02)

  • Secretary of Defence Medals:

  • Dr. Kevin Patrick Awarded Secretary of Defense Medal for ... Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, adjunct professor of public health and director of Student Health Services at San Diego State University, has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for his service on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2002. San Diego State University (press release), CA - 21 Apr 2003
  • 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.

  • RAND Man Is Decorated For Heroism Andrew Rathmell, a RAND Corporation researcher who risked his life to protect others during a mortar and rocket attack in Iraq, has become the first non-American to receive the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Valor was created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It is meant to be given to citizens who perform an act of heroism or sacrifice, voluntarily risking their personal safety in the face of danger. Rathmell is the first person to be honored for actions taken subsequent to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. smmirror.com 8 Jul 04
  • Officer, Chillicothe native dies Pentagon Police officer and Chillicothe native died Monday from injuries he received last month when he was run down by a carjacker. Officer James Feltis, 41, a 12-year veteran of the force, had been at a Washington-area hospital and had not regained consciousness since Jan. 11, when he was hit while trying to stop the speeding vehicle. The suspect was driving the wrong way on a one-way street while trying to elude Alexandria, Va., police. Feltis was awarded the office of the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor Feb. 8 in a bedside ceremony attended by his wife. chillicothegazette.com 16 Feb 05

  • U.S. Honors Briton for Bravery in Iraq The United States awarded a British academic the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor for helping save the lives of three U.S. military personnel and an Iraqi translator during a mortar attack on their camp in Iraq.Andrew Rathmell, an adviser to the U.S.-led authorities in Iraq, became the first non-American to receive the medal for helping pull the four out of danger during the attack in January in which two U.S. soldiers were killed. reuters.com 29 Apr 04
  • Secretary of Defence Transportation 9-11 Medal

    Volunteers earn Sept. 11 transportation medals 22 Coast Guard men and women, who guarded the waterways and assisted with security after Sept. 11, were awarded the new Transportation 9-11 Medal by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. (Image from Ed Emering) (Oct 02)

Secretary of the Navy
  • NAVSUP Awarded SECNAV's Meritorious Unit Commendation - The Naval Supply  Systems Command (NAVSUP) was awarded the Secretary of  the Navy's Meritorious Unit Commendation April 16. The award goes to the entire NAVSUP organization for its dedicated and professional efforts during the 2003 fiscal year. All NAVSUP employees--active duty, reserves and civilians--who were permanently assigned or attached to the command during any time between Oct. 1, 2002, and Sept. 30, 2003, are authorized to wear the appropriate symbol, permanently. According to the award citation, NAVSUP effectively executed their strategic mission of providing Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces quality supplies and services on a timely basis while successfully implementing a series of transformational actions across the enterprise. With the onset of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, they demonstrated superb mission performance despite demand surge peaking at 150 percent in the 
  •  forward-deployed arena and 400 percent here at home. NavNews 21 Apr 04

Secretary of Transportation

  • Honored for heroism Bruce Hunt has been award with the Secretary of Transportation's Award of Valor, for saving the life of neighbours from a house fire. zwire.com 3 Dec 03

Soldier's Medal

Spanish War Medals

  • US Public Health Service - Bicentennial Unit Commendation

Valorous Unit Award

  • 3rd Brigade receives Valorous Unit Award The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Riley received the Valorous Unit Award Jan. 21, just before the brigade returns to Iraq. The Secretary of the Army bestows the award for heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States. To receive the award, a unit must display such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign. It rarely is given to a unit larger than a battalion. army.mil 26 Jan 05
  • 1165th receives top awards The 1165th Military Police Company has been awarded two very prestigious awards by the U.S. Army - the Valorous Unit Award and the Presidential Unit Citation. The Valorous United Award was presented for the group's work during the period between March 13, 2003, to Jan. 31, 2004, while serving directly under the 18th Military Police Brigade in Iraq. By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Valorous Unit Award is awarded to the 18th Military Police Brigade and its subordinate units, which includes the 1165th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard. During the period between April 16, 2004, to July 15, 2004, the 1165th Military Police Company served under the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division. By direction of the President of the United States of America, the Unit Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and its subordinate units. The 1165th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard will be awarded the Unit Presidential Unit Citation while serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. brewtonstandard.com 30 Nov 05

  • 32nd Military Police Get High Honors A group of Wisconsin soldiers have earned the title of extraordinary heroes. For the first time in the history of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, a guard unit has received the Valorous Unit Award. Members of the 32nd Military Police Company, based in Milwaukee, received the honor given for extraordinary heroism in action, is the 3rd highest honor a unit can receive. About 180 soldiers of the 32nd MP were deployed to Iraq in May of 2003 and returned to the U.S. last year. During their time in Iraq, they lost Specialist Michelle Witmer, the first woman soldier killed in action in the history of the national guard. Along with this award, 35 purple heart medals have been awarded to soldiers with the 32nd MP who were wounded in action. nbc15.madison.com 10 Dec 05

  • United States - Rangers given award for valor Mention the 2003 Battle of Hadithah Dam to any Ranger and watch him swell with pride.The Army thinks so highly of the performance by the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment that it recently honored the outfit with the Valorous Unit Award, second in unit awards only to the Presidential Unit Citation. According to the award citation, the Fort Benning-based Rangers, then part of a joint task force engaged in an intense battle during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, displayed extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy from March 30 through April 9, 2003. Their mission: Seize the enemy-occupied Hadithah Dam in Iraq to obtain a communication line across the Euphrates River and to prevent the enemy from destroying the dam. Previously, four Rangers received the Silver Star, 11 received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, five received the Purple Heart, 20 received Army Commendation Medals for Valor, 15 received the Bronze Star Medal and 71 received the Army Commendation Medal for this mission. The 3rd Battalion last received the Valorous Unit Award for actions while deployed to Somalia in 1993. ledger-enquirer.com 13 Dec 05

  • POW Lynch's rescuers get award for valor The Army unit that helped rescue prisoner of war Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital has been given an award for valor. The 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment received the Valorous Unit Award. indystar.com 29 Jan 06

  • Fairhope-based National Guard unit receives the Army's highest ... A crowd of family members, friends and Alabama dignitaries rose to its feet as the Fairhope-based 1165th Military Police Company received the highest award bestowed upon an Army unit. Army officials hooked blue and yellow streamers representing the Presidential Unit Citation atop the company's green flag. And a standing ovation broke out for the men and women who, according to military officials, became the first Alabama National Guard unit to receive the award for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than three years after first being deployed, they accepted two other decorations: the Army's Valorous Unit Award, that military branch's third-highest award, and the Combat Action Badge. al.com 9 Jul 06

Vietnam Service Medal (Executive Order 11231 – Jul 8, 1965)
Women's Army Corps Service Medal

WTC Campaign Ribbon

9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor