National Defense Service Medal Anodized
Service: All Services
Dates: 1950-54, 1961-74, 1990-95, 2001-TBD
Criteria: 120 consecutive days of service participating in, or any honorable act_ive duty service during any of the above periods
Devices: Bronze Star, Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Initially authorized by executive order on April 22, 1953. It is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for any honorable active federal service during the Korean War (June 27, 1950 - July 27, 1954), Vietnam War (January 1, 1961- August 14, 1974), Desert Shield/Desert Storm (August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995) and/or Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) (September 11, 2001 to a date TBD).
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