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United States Armed Forces Decorations, Awards, and Badges

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Welcome to the United States Armed Forces Awards page. On this page you will find images for United States military decordations, campaign awards, service awards, training awards, unit awards, and badges. Most of the awards that are likely to be used on a profile are listed here.

You are free to use any of the images for profile decoration and template creation. The first section "Medal Template" shows you how to use any of the images in this page as a medal template to honor an ancestor, relative, or your own profile.

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United States Armed Forces Awards

Medal Template

To add a medal to any profile, use the Medal Template. Using the code below, substitute the medal (or any award) name and image file name to produce the template:

this:

{{Medal
|image = Military_Medals-118.jpg
|Medal = Distinguished Service Cross
}}
... ... ... was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

will give you this:

There are many similar medals but given to different branches; be sure to select the appropriate branch. U.S. Marines are assigned the U.S. Navy medals and in many cases the Coast Guard were also. If you are improving a profile for a Medal of Honor recipient, please observe that there are different versions of the medal depending on the award period.

Adding medal template details

When adding qualifying detail to a medal such as adding Campaign Stars or Oak Leaf Clusters that represent additional awards of a medal, it is necessary to add a category line to the template. If no category is added the template will attempt to create a new category.

For example, inside the template, the code |Medal=Distinguished Service Cross will add the category for the Distinguisted Service Cross to the profile. If the service member received two Crosses, their awards would reflect that they received the Distinguished Service Cross and one Oak Leaf Cluster. The Oak Leaf Cluster is a device placed on the ribbon portion of the medal and it reprsents a second award of the medal. If the template is coded with this modified medal name, a category will be created, "Distinguished Service Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster."

To avoid this, just add the category with the name of the medal unedited.

Instead of:

{{Medal
|image = Military_Medals-118.jpg
|Medal = Distinguished Service Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster
}}

you should write:

{{Medal
|image = Military_Medals-118.jpg
|Medal = Distinguished Service Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster
|Category = Distinguished Service Cross
}}

Personal Decorations

Medal of Honor current design

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Army
1945 - present
Coyler-39.jpg Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Navy
1943 - present
US_Medals-14.jpg
Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Air Force
1965 - present
US_Medals-22.png

Previous designs of the Medal of Honor

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Army
1904 - 1944
US_Medals-1.png Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
"Tiffany Cross" design
U.S. Navy
1919 - 1942
US_Medals-2.jpg
Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Navy
1913 - 1942
US_Medals-2.png Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Army
1896 - 1903
US_Medals-3.jpg
Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Navy
1862 - 1912
US_Medals-3.png Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
U.S. Army
1862 - 1895
Military_Medals-418.png

All other personal decorations

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Certificate of Merit Medal Certificate of Merit Medal
U.S. Department of War
1905 - 1918
US_Medals-45.png Marine Corps Brevet Medal Marine Corps Brevet Medal
U.S. Department of the Navy
1863 - 1900
US_Medals-6.jpg
Distinguished Service Cross Distiniguished Service Cross
U.S. Army
1918 - present
Military_Medals-118.jpg Navy Cross Navy Cross
U.S. Navy
1918 - present
US_Medals-5.png
Air Force Cross Air Force Cross Cross
U.S. Air Force
1960 - present
US_Medals-6.png Coast Guard Cross Coast Guard Cross
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2010 - present
Military_Medals-25.png
Silver Star Silver Star
United States Department of Defense
1918 - present
Photos-271.png Defense Distinguished Service Medal Defense Distinguished Service Medal
United States Department of Defense
1970 - present
US_Medals-10.png
Dept of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal Dept of Homeland Security
Distinguished Service Medal
Dept of Homeland Security
2002 - present
Military_Medals-317.png Distinguished Service Medal Distinguished Service Medal
United States Army
2002 - present
US_Medals-5.jpg
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal
United States Navy
1919 - present
Military_Medals-318.png Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
United States Air Force
1960 - present
US_Medals-13.png
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1949 - present
Military_Medals-120.jpg Defense Superior Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal
United States Department of Defense
1976 - present
Military_Medals-24.png
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
United States Department of Defense
1942 - present
US_Medals-15.png Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross
United States Department of Defense
1926 - present
Military_Medals-117.jpg
Soldier's Medal Soldier's Medal
United States Army
1926 - present
US_Medals.gif Navy and Marine Corps Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal
United States Navy
1942 - present
Military_Medals-319.png
Airman's Medal Airman's Medal
United States Air Force
1960 - present
US_Medals-8.jpg Coast Guard Medal Coast Guard Medal
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
1949 - present
US_Medals-9.jpg
Distinguished Service Medal Bronze Star Medal
United States Army
1918 - present
Mil_template_images-1.jpg Purple Heart Purple Heart
U.S. Department of Defense
1932 - present
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Specially Meritorious Service Medal Specially Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Department of the Navy
1898 - 1898
US_Medals-7.jpg Defense Meritorious Service Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1977 - present
US_Medals-10.jpg
Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1969 - present
US_Medals-17.png Air Medal Air Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1942 - present
Military_Medals-24.jpg
Aerial Achievement Medal Aerial Achievement Medal
U.S. Air Force
1988 - present
Military_Medals-11.gif Joint Service Commendation Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1963 - present
Military_Medals-10.gif
Army Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal
U.S. Army
1941 - present
Baker-19482-2.png Navy Commendation Medal Navy Commendation Medal
U.S. Navy
1960 - present
Military_Medals-23.jpg
Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Commendation Medal
U.S. Air Force
1958 - present
Military_Badges_and_Insignia-8.jpg Coast Guard Commendation Medal Coast Guard Commendation Medal
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
1959 - present
Military_Medals-22.jpg
Joint Service Achievement Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1983 - present
Military_Medals-20.jpg Army Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal
U.S. Army
1981 - present
Military_Medals-21.png
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
U.S. Navy
1961 - present
Military_Medals-21.jpg Air Force Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Medal
U.S. Air Force
1980 - present
Military_Medals-9.gif
Coast Guard Achievement Medal Coast Guard Achievement Medal
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
1967 - present
Military_Medals-19.jpg Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon
U.S. Navy
1961 - present
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Air Force Combat Action Medal Air Force Combat Action Medal
U.S. Navy
2001 - present
Military_Awards_and_Badges-3.png Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
2008 - present
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Unit Awards

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Presidential Unit Citation, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army
U.S. Deptartment of Defense
1942- present
US_Medals-12.jpg Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy
U.S. Deptartment of Defense
1942- present
US_Medals-18.png
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Service Awards

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Prisoner of War Medal Prisoner of War Medal
U.S. Deptartment of Defense
1917 - present
US_Medals-12.jpg Army Good Conduct Medal Army Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Army
1941 - present
Military_Medals-28.png
Navy Good Conduct Medal Navy Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Navy
1869 - present
Military_Medals-30.png Air Force Good Conduct Medal Air Force Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Air Force
1947 - present
Military_Military_Medals-31.jpg
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Navy
1896 - present
Military_Medals-29.png Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Navy
1921 - present
Military_Medals-13.gif
Combat Readiness Medal Combat Readiness Medal
U.S. Air Force
1964 - present
Military_Medals-12.gif Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
U.S. Air Force
1970 - present
Military_Medals-37.jpg
Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Ribbon Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Ribbon
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
1994 - present
Military_Medals-27.png Air Force Recognition Ribbon Air Force Recognition Ribbon
U.S. Air Force
1980 - present
Military_Medals-26.png
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
U.S. Army
1971 - present
Military_Medals-16.gif Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Navy
1958 - present
Military_Medals-40.jpg
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Air Force
1964 - present
Military_Medals-14.gif Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
U.S. Navy
1925 - present
Military_Medals-41.jpg
Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Navy
1963 - present
Military_Medals-39.jpg Humanitarian Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1975 - present
US_Medals-16.jpg
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1993 - present
Military_Medals-4.gif Armed Forces Reserve Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal
U.S. Department of Defense
1950 - present
US_Medals-2.gif

Training and Marksmanship Awards

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Navy Expert Rifleman Medal Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy
1969 - present
Military_Medals-235.jpg Navy Expert Pistol Medal Navy Expert Pistol Medal
U.S. Navy
1969 - present
Military_Medals-236.jpg

Campaign Awards

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Civil War Campaign Medal (Army) Civil War Campaign Medal (Army)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1861 - 1865
US_Medals-43.png Civil War Campaign Medal (Navy) Civil War Campaign Medal (Navy)
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1861 - 1865
US_Medals-44.png
Indian Campaign Medal Indian Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1865 - 1891
US_Medals-42.png Navy Expeditionary Medal Navy Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1874 - present
Military_Medals-30.jpg
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1873 - present
Military_Medals-29.jpg West Indies Campaign Medal) West Indies Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1898 - 1898
US_Medals-14.png
Spanish Campaign Medal (Army) Spanish Campaign Medal (Army)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1898 - 1898
Military_Medals-54.jpg Spanish Campaign Medal (Navy) Spanish Campaign Medal (Navy)
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1898 - 1898
US_Medals-16.png
Spanish War Service Medal Spanish War Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1898 - 1899
Military_Medals-24.gif Army of Cuban Occupation Medal Army of Cuban Rican Occupation Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1898 - 1902
Military_Medals-84.png
Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1898 - 1898
Military_Medals-23.gif Philippine Campaign Medal (Army) Philippine Campaign Medal (Army)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1899- 1913
US_Medals-4.png
Philippine Campaign Medal (Navy) Philippine Campaign Medal (Navy)
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1899- 1904
US_Medals-7.png Philippine Congressional Medal Philippine Congressional Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1898 - 1899
Military_Medals-17.gif
China Campaign Medal China Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1900- 1901
Military_Medals-19.png China Relief Expedition Medal China Relief Expedition Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1900- 1901
US_Medals-41.png
Cuban Pacification Medal (Army) Cuban Pacification Medal (Army)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1906- 1909
US_Medals-8.png Cuban Pacification Medal (Navy) Cuban Pacification Medal (Navy)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1906- 1909
US_Medals-9.png
Mexican Service Medal (Army) Mexican Service Medal (Army)
U.S. Deptartment of War
1911 - 1919
US_Medals-19.jpg Mexican Service Medal (Navy) Mexican Service Medal (Navy)
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1911 - 1919
US_Medals-20.jpg
Nicaraguan Campaign Medal NIcaraguan Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1912
US_Medals-22.jpg Haitian Campaign Medal Haitian Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1915
US_Medals-38.png
Dominican Campaign Medal Dominican Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1916
Military_Medals-81.png Mexican Border Service Medal Mexican Border Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1916 - 1917
Military_Medals-26.gif
World War I Victory Medal World War I Victory Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1917 - 1920
Military_Medals.gif Army of Occupation of Germany Medal Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1918 - 1923
Military_Medals-25.gif
2nd Haitian Campaign Medal 2nd Haitian Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1919 - 1920
US_Medals-39.png Yangtze Service Medal Yangtze Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1926 - 1932
US_Medals-37.png
Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of the Navy
1926 - 1933
Military_Medals-46.jpg China Service Medal China Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1937 - 1939
Military_Medals-60.jpg
American Defense Service Medal American Defense Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1939 - 1941
Military_Medals-86.png Women's Army Corps Service Medal Women's Army Corps Service Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1942 - 1945
Military_Medals-27.gif
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1941 - 1946
Military_Medals.png Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1941 - 1946
Billingsley-329-1.png
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1946 - 1990
Military_Medals.jpg World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
U.S. Deptartment of War
1946 - 1990
Military_Medals-1.gif
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
U.S. Army
1946 - 1990
Military_Medals-1.jpg Navy Occupation Service Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal
U.S. Navy
1945 - 1990
US_Medals-34.png
Medal for Humane Action Medal for Humane Action
U.S. Department of Defense
1948 - 1949
US_Medals-5.gif Korean Service Medal Korean Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1953 - present
Military_Medals-20.gif
National Defense Service Medal National Defense Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1953 - present
Military_Medals-5.png Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1958 - present
US_Medals-15.jpg
Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1965 - 1973
Military_Medals-3.gif Southwest Asia Service Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1990 - 1995
US_Medals-33.png
Kosovo Campaign Medal Kosovo Campaign Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1999 - 2013
US_Medals-32.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
2001 - present
US_Medals-29.png
Iraq Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
2003 - 2011
US_Medals-31.png Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
2014 - present
US_Medals-30.png
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
2003 - present
Military_Medals-5.jpg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
2001 - present
Military_Medals-4.png
Korea Defense Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1954 - present
US_Medals-17.jpg Armed Forces Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal
U.S. Departmet of Defense
1996 - present
Military_Medals-4.jpg

Foreign Awards

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Croix de guerre French Croix de guerre
France
1938 - 1945
US_Medals-11.jpg Philippine Defense Medal Philippine Defense Medal
Philippines
1941 - 1942
US_Medals-21.png
Philippine Liberation Medal Philippine Liberation Medal
Philippines
1944 - 1945
US_Medals-46.png Philippine Independence Medal Philippine Independence Medal
Philippines
1944 - 1945
US_Medals-47.png
United Nations Korea Medal United Nations Korea Medal
Korea
1950 - 1954
US_Medals-23.jpg Korean War Service Medal Korean War Service Medal
Korea
1950 - 1953
US_Medals-13.jpg
Gallantry Cross (South Vietnam) Gallantry Cross (South Vietnam)
South Vietnam
1962 - 1973
US_Medals-24.jpg

Badges

Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name Award image Description of the award and time period of use. Image name
Combat Infantryman Badge Combat Infantryman Badge
United States Army
1944 - present
Military_Medals-10.png Expert Infantry Badge Expert Infantry Badge
United States Army
1944 - present
US_Medals-23.png
Combat Medical Badge Combat Medical Badge
United States Army
1941 - present
Military_Awards_and_Badges-2.png Expert Field Medical Badge Expert Field Medical Badge
United States Army
1965 - present
US_Medals-26.png
Combat Action Badge Combat Action Badge
United States Army
2005 - present
US_Medals-27.png Expert Soldier Badge Expert Soldier Badge
United States Army
2019 - present
US_Medals-28.png
Parachutist Badge Parachutist Badge
United States Army
1941 - present
US_Medals-35.png United States Navy Parachutist Badge United States Navy Parachutist Badge
United States Navy
1942 - present
US_Medals-36.png
Parachutist Badge Parachutist Badge
United States Army
1941 - present
US_Medals-35.png United States Navy Parachutist Badge United States Navy Parachutist Badge
United States Navy
1942 - present
US_Medals-36.png




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SJ,

OK if I add some awards to the Units and Insignia?

Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
edited by Bob Keniston Jr.
SJ,

Thank you for creating the United States Armed Forces Decorations, Awards, and Badges sticker page. I presume that this is still a work in progress. Which is wonderful. I don't suppose that you have come across the shooting badges for the Army or Marine Corps; Driver/Mechanic Badge, Army Air Assault Badge, Army Aircrewman Badges, Army Parachutist w/ Combat Jumps Badge or the Jump Wings for the Republic of Vietnam. The reason I ask specifically about those badges, is that I have a distant relative Leonard Allen Demaray of my mother's side that also earned those badges, and I was wondering what the image codes were if completed. Thank you again for the super job creating the page.

posted by David Owens
Those are on the "to do" list. I'll see if I can get them done this week.

best regards,

SJ

posted by SJ Baty
Wow, SJ! What a wonderful page this is. I have already used it several times and look forward to using it in the future. Also, the Guides in the PIP Voyage Project will be using it with our Voyagers as appropriate. Thank you for all your work.
posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Thanks Robin! I only just now saw this comment.
posted by SJ Baty