Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia

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The FMF Combat Operation Insignia

The Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia, also known as the Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia,[1][2] is a miniature 516 inch bronze United States Marine Corps emblem that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for wear on specific campaign, expeditionary, and service medal ribbons issued to United States Navy service members attached to and on duty with Fleet Marine Force (FMF) units during combat operations and naval personnel on duty with navy units attached to and operating with Fleet Marine Force units while under Marine Corps control during combat operations.[3][4]

FMF combat device criteria and wear[edit]

Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon with Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia.svgBronze-service-star-3d.png

The Iraq Campaign Medal's ribbon with the
FMF Combat Insignia and 316" bronze star

The Fleet Marine Force combat insignia must be authorized by the Marine Corps unit commander in order to be worn by U.S. Navy service members such as hospital corpsmen and chaplains assigned to Marine Corps units and Seabees assigned to naval units operating with Marine Corps units. The Marine Corps unit and sailor must have engaged in active combat action with an armed enemy during the sailor's service with the Marine Corps unit, or the sailor and the navy unit must have engaged in active combat action with an armed enemy during the navy unit's operating service with the Marine Corps unit. No more than one Marine Corps emblem may be worn on the ribbons.[3]

The Fleet Marine Force device is positioned in the center of the medal's suspension ribbon and in the center of the service ribbon for the medal. Any other authorized ribbon device such as the 316 inch service star or campaign star, are placed on either side of the FMF device, with the first star on the wearer's right of the FMF device, the second star on the wearer's left of the FMF device, and so on.

Authorized medals



Notable recipients[edit]

Medal of Honor recipients - Navy Chaplains

Vincent R. Capodanno, Vietnam War

Medal of Honor recipients - Navy Hospital Corpsmen

World War II:
Robert E. Bush
William D. Halyburton, Jr.
Fred F. Lester
Francis J. Pierce
George E. Wahlen
Jack Williams
John H. Willis

Korean War:
Edward C. Benfold
William R. Charette
Richard D. Dewert
Francis C. Hammond
John E. Kilmer

Vietnam War:
Donald E. Ballard
Wayne M. Caron
Robert R. Ingram
David R. Ray

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Defense Logistics Agency (25 February 2013). "Ribbon Attachment, Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia". MIL-DTL-41819. Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Defense Logistics Agency (25 February 2013). "MIL-DTL-41819/16E" (PDF). Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved 23 March 2017. FLEET MARINE FORCE COMBAT INSIGNIA 
  3. ^ a b "Navy and Marine Awards Manual" (PDF). SECNAVINST 1650.1H. United States Navy. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia". Navy personnel who have been attached to a Fleet Marine Force Unit in active combat with an armed enemy beginning with World War II are authorized to wear a 1/8 inch bronze miniature Marine Corps emblem centered on the suspension ribbon of the World War II Area Campaign Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal. Only one device is centered on a ribbon or medal. Other attachments (stars, etc.) are arranged on either side, with first to wearer's right, second to wearer's left, and so on.