Army Commendation Medal Miniature

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Service: Army

Instituted: 1945 (retroactive to 1941)

Criteria: Heroism, meritor­ious achievement or meri­torious service

Devices: Bronze letter “V” (for valor), Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

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Notes: Originally a ribbon-only award then designated “Army Commendation Rib­bon with Metal Pendant”. Redesignated: “Army Com­mendation Medal” in 1960

Authorized on December 18, 1945 as a commendation ribbon and awarded to members of the Army for heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service after December 6, 1941. It was meant for award where the Bronze Star Medal was not appropriate, i.e., outside of operational areas.

The Army Commendation Medal, commonly called the ARCOM, is unique as it is the first and only Army award that started as a ribbon-only award and then became a medal.

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