Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Miniature Anodized
Dates: 1919 to Present (retroactive to 1874)
Criteria: Landings on foreign territory and operations against armed opposition for which no specific campaign medal has been authorized
Devices: Silver Letter “W”, Bronze, Silver Star
Bars: “Wake Island”
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Ribbon was authorized by Marine Corps General Order on May 8, 1919. The medal pendant was added on July 28, 1921 by Executive Order 3524. The medal is awarded to members of the Marine Corps who have engaged in operations against armed opposition in foreign territory, or have served in situations warranting special recognition where no other campaign medal was awarded.
To date, more than sixty operations have qualified for the award, the first (retroactively) being operations by Navy and Marine Corps personnel in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1874 and the latest being operations involving the attack on the USS Cole between 2000 and 2002.
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