Navy Expeditionary Medal

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Navy Expeditionary Medal
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Awarded by United States Navy
Type Medal
Eligibility US Navy officers and enlisted
Awarded for Landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances which, after full consideration, shall be deemed to merit special recognition and for which service no campaign medal has been awarded.
Status Currently Awarded
Clasps Wake Island
Statistics
Established August 5, 1936
First awarded 12 Feb 1874 (Retroactive) (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands)
Last awarded 15 Dec 2002[1]
Precedence
Next (higher) U.S. Navy - Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
U.S. Marine Corps - Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
Equivalent U.S. Marine Corps - Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Next (lower) China Service Medal
Related Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
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Service ribbon

The Navy Expeditionary Medal is a military award of the United States Navy which was first created in August 1936 by General Orders of the Department of the Navy. "The medal will be awarded," reads the Orders, "to the officers and enlisted men of the Navy who shall have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances which, after full consideration, shall be deemed to merit special recognition and for which service no campaign medal has been awarded. The Navy Expeditionary Medal is retroactively authorized to February 12, 1874."

The medal was designed by A. A. Weinman and feature's a sailor beaching a craft carrying marines, an officer, and a US flag with the word "Expeditions" above. The reverse is the same as that of the Dominican Campaign Medal.[2]

The medal is one of the few Navy awards which is not concurrently bestowed to the United States Marine Corps, as Marine Corps personnel are eligible for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal as an equivalent award. In addition, since 1961, some Navy commands have permitted service members to choose between the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participation in certain operations. Both awards may not be bestowed simultaneously for the same action.[3][4]

Additional awards of the Navy Expeditionary Medal are denoted by service stars. The Wake Island Device is authorized for those service members who were awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal through the defense of Wake Island.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ End date for Operation Determined Response (for forces involved in the response to the USS Cole bombing and subsequent investigation in Yemen). This is the most recent public awarding. The dates of awardings for any classified operations are not public knowledge
  2. ^ Kerrigan, Evans E. (1964). "Expeditionary Medals". American War Medals and Decorations. New York: The Viking Press. p. 106. OCLC 702555627. 
  3. ^ "HISTORY OF COMBAT SERVICE INSIGNIAS". AIR FORCE ENLISTED HERITAGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ Navy and marine corps awards manual, secnavinst 1650.1 series
  5. ^ Service Medals and Campaign Credit of the United States Navy, Navy Expeditionary Medal