Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Criteria: Heroism not involving actual conflict with an armed enemy of the United States
Devices: Gold Star
For heroism that involves the voluntary risk of life under conditions other than those of conflict with an opposing armed force.
The Navy and Marine Corps Medal was established by an Act of Congress and approved on August 7, 1942. The medal was established to recognize non-combat heroism. For acts of lifesaving, or attempted lifesaving, it is required that the action be performed at the risk of one’s own life.