Coast Guard Commendation Medal

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Service: Coast Guard

Instituted: 1947

Criteria 1. Heroic or merit­orious achievement or ser­vice. 2. Meritorious service resulting in unusual or out­standing achievement

Devices: Silver Letter “O”, Bronze Letter “V”, Gold, Silver Star

Notes: Originally “Comm­endation Ribbon with Metal Pendant”. Redesignated: “Coast Guard Commend­ation Medal” in 1959

Following the lead of the other Services, the Coast Guard Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant was established on August 26, 1947. This award was to be granted to members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, for meritorious service resulting in unusual and outstanding achievement rendered while the Coast Guard is serving under Treasury Department jurisdiction.

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