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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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