Criteria: Receipt of a letter of commendation for an act or service resulting in unusual and/or outstanding achievement
Devices: Silver Letter “O”, Gold, Silver Star
With the establishment of the Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon in 1979, the Coast Guard formalized one of its oldest awards. Like the Navy’s Letter of Commendation, the award had previously existed only as a paper certificate and an entry into the Coast Guardsman’s service record before its appearance as a tangible, wearable part of the uniform. It is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, is awarded a Letter of Commendation by the Coast Guard Commandant. The service for which the ribbon is awarded must be of a degree less than that required for award of the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.