Coast Guard Medal


Service: Coast Guard

Instituted: 1958

Criteria: Heroism not involving actual conflict with an armed enemy of the United States.

Devices: Gold Star

The Coast Guard Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes himself by heroism not involving actual com bat with the enemy. To justify the Coast Guard Medal, the individual must have performed a voluntary act of heroism in the face of great danger which also extended beyond that normally expected of the individual. For lifesaving, the individual must have displayed heroism at the risk of his life.

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