Service: Coast Guard
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
To merit this decoration, the outstanding achievement or meritorious service must have been accomplished in a manner above that normally expected and be sufficient to distinguish the individual from those of comparable grade or ratings performing similar acts or services. The heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service must be worthy of special recognition, but not of a level which would justify a higher award (e.g.: Bronze Star Medal, etc.) yet more than that required for award of the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.