Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
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
Notes: Originally a “ribbon only” award
Bars: “Wake Island”
For opposed landing on a foreign territory or operations deserving special recognition. The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is worn after the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal and before the China Service Medal.
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.