The Army of Occupation of Germany Medal was established by Act of Congress of November 21, 1941. It is awarded to armed forces personnel, or to the nearest surviving kin, who served in Germany or Austria-Hungary from November 12, 1918 to July 11, 1923. It was also awarded to navy personnel who were detached from ships and serving ashore during that period. There is no minimum period of service for the awarding of this medal. The front of the medal has a profile of General John J. Pershing. Around the upper edge of the medal are the general's four stars. The reverse of the medal has an eagle standing on Castle Ehrenbreitstein; at the feet of the eagle are 3 stars, representing the Third Army which comprised the occupation forces.