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).