Air Medal: Eligibility and History

The Air Medal was instituted in the throes of WWII, in September 1942, and is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Since the award was instituted during WWII, it is retroactive to September 8, 1939. Eligibility: The eligibility of the Air Medal has changed since its inception in 1942. The base requirement […]

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History of the Army Commendation Medal

Eligibility Army Commendation Medal, abbreviated and often called ‘ARCOM’, was instituted in 1945 and was awarded retroactively to those who served after December 6, 1941. The ARCOM is awarded to those who have served with the U.S. Army and have demonstrated heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service. The Army Commendation Medal was one of the […]

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Legion of Merit: Details and Eligibility

A very illustrious award, the Legion of Merit is a medal awarded by the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Homeland Security. The Legion of Merit medal was authorized by Congress in 1942 to award members of the Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct and outstanding service. In order of precedence it […]

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U.S. Military Medals Created During WWII

World War II lasted for six years and one day and involved almost all the world’s countries, divided by the Axis and Allied powers. The Second World War is noted as the deadliest wars with 50 to 85 million fatalities. As the war raged on the U.S. Congress created military medals to honor the service […]

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