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Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

Service: All Services
Instituted: 1942
Dates: 7 December 1941 to 2 March 1946
Criteria: Service in the Asiatic-Paci­fic theater for 30 days or receipt of any combat decoration
Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver Star; Army/Air Force: Bronze ar­rowhead; Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device

Authorized on November 6, 1942 and amended on March 15, 1946. Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 30 consecutive (60 nonconsecutive) days service (less if in combat) within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.
The front of the medal shows a palm tree amidst troops with an aircraft overhead and an aircraft carrier, battleship and submarine in the background. The reverse has the American eagle, symbolizing power, on a rock, symbolizing stability, with the inscription, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” on the eagle’s back. The orange yellow of the ribbon represents Asia while the white and red stripes toward each edge represent Japan. The center blue, white and red thin stripes are taken from the American Defense Service Medal, referring to America’s continued defense preparedness after Pearl Harbor. A bronze star denoted participation in a campaign. A silver star attachment is used to represent five bronze stars. An arrowhead attachment is authorized by the Army and Air Force for participation in a combat parachute jump, combat glider landing or amphibious assault landing (only one arrowhead may be worn on the medal/ribbon despite the number of qualification events). The ribbon is worn with the center blue stripe on the wearer’s right.

Designated Army & AAF campaigns for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal are:
Burma, 1941-1942
Philippine Islands, 1941-1942
Central Pacific, 1941-1943
East Indies, 1942
Aleutian Islands, 1942-1943
Guadalcanal, 1942-1943
Papua, 1942-1943
Air Offensive, Japan, 1942-1945
China Defensive, 1942-1945
India-Burma, 1942-1945
Bismark Archipelago, 1943-1944
New Guinea, 1943-1944
Northern Solomons, 1943-1944
Eastern Mandates (Air), 1943-1944
Eastern Mandates (Ground), 1944
Leyte, 1944-1945
Luzon, 1944-1945
Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Central Burma, 1945
China Offensive, 1945
Ryukyus, 1945
Southern Philippines, 1945
Air Combat, 1941-1945
Antisubmarine, 1941-1945
Ground Combat, 1941-1945

Designated Navy and Marine Corps campaigns for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal are:
Pearl Harbor-Midway, 1941
Wake Island, 1941
Philippine Islands Operation, 1941-1942
Netherlands East Indies, 1942
Pacific Raids, 1942
Coral Sea, 1942
Midway, 1942
Guadalcanal, Tulagi Landings, 1942
Capture and defense of Guadalcanal,
1942-1943
Makin Raid, 1942
Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island), 1942
Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid, 1942
Cape Esperance (Second Savo), 1942
Santa Cruz Islands, 1942
Guadalcanal (Third Savo), 1942
Tassafaronga (Fourth Savo), 1942
Eastern New Guinea, 1942-1944
Rennel Island Operation, 1943
Solomon Islands Consolidation, 1943-1945
Aleutians Operations, 1943
New Georgia Group Operation, 1943
Bismarck Archipelago, 1943-1944
Pacific Raids, 1943
Treasury-Bougainville Operation, 1943
Gilbert Island Operation, 1943
Marshall Islands Operation, 1943-1944
Asiatic-Pacific Raids, 1944
Western New Guinea, 1944-1945
Marianas Operation, 1944
Western Caroline Islands, 1944
Leyte Operation, 1944
Luzon Operation, 1944-1945
Iwo Jima Operation, 1945
Okinawa Gunto Operation, 1945
Third Fleet Operations against Japan, 1945
Kurile Islands Operation, 1944-1945
Borneo Operation, 1945
Tinian Capture and Occupation, 1944
Consolidation of Southern Philippines, 1945
Hollandia Operation, 1944
Manila Bay-Bicol Operation, 1945
Escort, Antisubmarine, etc, 1942-1945
Minesweeping Operations, 1945-1946
Submarine War Patrols, 1941-1945


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