U.S. Army, Alaska

Display Recognition

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      • Sample Display Recognition
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Army Unit Display Recognitions
      • Other Display Recognitions
      • Army Service Master Resource Guide
      • Sample Display Recognition:

        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have four display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        or EnDurable Acrylux© Frame
        or Classic Deluxe Frame

        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        EnDurable Acrylux© Frame
        Colors: Chocolate Brown or Black
        Trimmed in Appearance Gold
        Ready for Wall or Shelf Display

        Classic Deluxe
        Color: Appearance Gold
        Ready for Wall or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the followind:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your Report of Separation (DD-214, WD AGO, etc.) If your service with U.S. Army, Alaska is not displayed on your Report of Separation you must provide a copy of your Report of Separation -AND- a copy(s) of any military-issued document clearly displaying your service with U.S. Army, Alaska.
      • NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $11.60 $25.60
        Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $11.60 $30.60

      • * Total/Shipping fees, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • * Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos
        Virginia Building 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: U.S. Army, Alaska Service Display Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        Issue Regulations
        U.S. Army, Alaska Service

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        Authorized to all military and civilian personnel in service with or under command of USARAL/USARAK (U.S. Army, Alaska). (Unit awards apply to members who served during the unit's award period. See Meritorious, Valorous, Presidential, Superior, Outstanding and other unit award categories.)

        SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA. Description: On a blue disc 2 = (6.35cm) inches in diameter, a Great Bears face affronte in white with markings in black, black nose with lips and tongue highlighted in red below a five pointed star, 5/8 inch (1.59cm) in diameter in golden yellow.

        Symbolism: The insignia represents the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear), which, according to ancient myth, is the guardian of the North Star (Polaris), depicted by the golden yellow star.

        Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally authorized for the Alaskan Defense Command on 24 Mar 1943. It was redesignated for the Alaskan Department on 31 Dec 1943. On 1 Mar 1949 the insignia was redesignated for Headquarters, U. S. Army Alaska. On 2 Dec 1968 the insignia was amended to delete the word "Headquarters".

        DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of a blue (ultramarine) enamel background, arched at the top and bearing a five-pointed gold star, the field bordered by a band of gold rays (each beveled), overall in base two white enamel mountain peaks (one on each side), in the center issuing from the base the crest of a totem pole consisting of an eagles head in proper colors facing to the right.

        Symbolism: The single star on the blue background stands for the North Star which also appears on the state flag of Alaska. The gold rays forming an archway symbolize the mission of the U. S. Army, Alaska, as the first line of defense in North America, and also allude to the Northern Lights. The totem pole and the snow covered peaks are symbolic of Alaska. The American eagle as depicted by the Alaskan Indian, with penetrating eyesight and exceptional hearing, alludes to the alertness and protection offered by the organization.

        Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the U.S. Army, Alaska on 11 May 1970. It was rescinded on 28 Sep 1976. The insignia was reinstated on 7 May 1996.

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