Philippine Defense Medal


Instituted: 1945

Criteria: Service in defense of the Philippines between 8 December 1941 and 15 June 1942

The awardee had to be a: 1) a member of the Bataan or Manila Bay forces or of a unit, ship, or airplane under enemy attack; or 2) assigned or stationed in Philippine waters for at least 30 calendar days during this period.

A person who meets both conditions above is authorized to wear a bronze service star on the ribbon.

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