Service: All Services
Instituted: 1926 (retroactive to 6 April 1917)
Criteria: Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight
Devices: Army/Air Force: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Letter “V” (Air Force), Navy/Marine Corps: Bronze Letter “V” (for valor), Gold, Silver Star; Coast Guard: Gold, Silver Star
Authorized on July 2, 1926 and implemented by an executive order signed by President Calvin Coolidge on January 28, 1927. It is awarded to United States military personnel for heroism or extraordinary achievement that is clearly distinctive involving operations during aerial flight that are not routine.
The front of the medal is a four-bladed propeller contained within a bronze cross suspended from a straight bar attached to the medal drape. The reverse is blank and provides space for the recipient’s name and date of the award. The ribbon is blue with a narrow stripe of red bordered by white in the center.