Service: All Services
Instituted: 1942 Dates: 7 December 1941 to 2 March 1946
Criteria: Service in the European-African-Middle Eastern theater for 30 days or receipt of any combat decoration
Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver Star; Army/Air Force: Bronze Arrowhead; Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device
Authorized on November 6, 1942, as amended on March 15, 1946. Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 30 days of consecutive (60 days nonconsecutive) service within the European Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941 and November 8, 1945 (lesser periods qualify if individual was in actual combat against the enemy during this period).
The front of the bronze medal shows a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) unloading troops while under fire with an airplane overhead. The reverse has the American eagle, symbol of power, standing on a rock, symbol of stability, with the inscription, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and dates, “1941-1945.”
Designated Army (& AAF) campaigns for the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign: Algeria-French Morocco, 1942; Egypt-Libya 1942-43; Tunisia 1942-43; Air Offensive, Europe, 1943-44; Sicily 1943; Naples-Foggia, 1943-44; Anzio, 1944; Rome-Arno, 1944; Normandy, 1944; Northern France, 1944; Southern France, 1944; North Apennines 1944-45; Rhineland, 1944-45; Ardennes-Alsace, 1944-45; Central Europe 1945; Po Valley, 1945; Air Combat 1941-45; Antisubmarine 1941-45; Ground Combat 1941-45.