Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Display Recognition

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      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Eligible Campaigns/Operations/Missions
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Executive Order 10977
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
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      • Example Display Recognition:
        Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
        Displayed: U.S. Army.
        All Five Service Branches, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard,
        Marine and Navy are Applicable.

        Military Branches

        All Military Service branches are applicable:
        Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

        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

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

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the following:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214 or DD-214 and DD-215 (post WW2), (See below for KIA information)
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a DD-214: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone).
      • A DD-214 or DD-215 is not required when requesting a display Recognition for hostile or friendly fire KIA's
      • 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
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $9.30 $23.30
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $9.30 $28.30
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • 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 within 1 week)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, DD-215 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

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


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Recognition Inquiry

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

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        Issue Regulations
        The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

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        The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was established by Executive Order 10977 signed by President John F. Kennedy on December 4, 1961.

        1. Description: On a bronze medal, 1 < inches in diameter, an eagle, with wings addorsed and inverted, standing on a sword loosened in its scabbard, and super- imposed on a radiant compass rose of eight points, all within the circumscription "ARMED FORCES" above and "EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE" below with a sprig of laurel on each side. On the reverse is the shield from the United States Coat of Arms above two laurel branches separated by a bullet, all within the circumscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

        2. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/16 inch green 67129; 3/16 inch golden yellow 67104; 3/16 inch spicebrown 67196; 3/16 inch black 67138; 7/16 inch bluebird 67117; 1/8 inch ultramarine blue 67118; 1/8 inch white 67101; 1/8 inch scarlet; 7/16 inch bluebird; 3/16 inch black; 3/16 inch spicebrown; 3/16 inch golden yellow; and 3/16 inch green.

        3. Criteria: a. The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 1 July 1958 participate as members of U.S. military units in a U.S. military operation in which service members of any Military Department participate, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), in significant numbers and encounter during such participation foreign armed opposition, or are otherwise place in such a position that in the opinion of the JCS, hostile action by foreign armed forces was imminent even though it does not materialize.

        b. The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be authorized for three categories of operations: U.S. military operations; U.S. military operations in direct support of the United Nations; and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations.

        c. The medal shall be awarded only for operations for which no other U.S. campaign medal is approved.

        4. Components: The following are authorized components and related items:

        a. Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/230. NSN 8455-00-082-5638 for set which includes regular size medal and ribbon bar.

        b. Medal (miniature size): MIL-DTL-3946/230. Available commercially.

        c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/12. NSN 8455-00-082-2344.

        d. Lapel Button: MIL-DTL-11484. Available commercially.

        e. Streamers: MIL-S-14650. Manual requisition in accordance with AR 840-10.

        5. Background: a. During the late 1950s, it became apparent that a medal was needed to recognize the services of the Armed Forces who participated in the increased involvement of the American military in peacekeeping activities. As a result, President Kennedy established the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, per Executive Order 10977, dated 4 December 1961, for operations on or after 1 July 1958.

        b. In a memorandum dated 20 December 1961, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense requested that The Institute of Heraldry submit proposed designs as soon as possible. Proposed designs were submitted on 25 January 1962 and a design, created by Mr. Jay Morris, was tentatively selected. The design was submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts for comments prior to approval by the Deputy Secretary of Defense on 24 April 1962.

        c. The selected design uses the eagle to represent the strength of our Armed Forces, and the sword, loose in its scabbard, denotes the readiness to serve wherever needed, as further suggested by the compass rose.

        d. At the present time, JCS has designated 22 operations for which the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be awarded. A bronze service star is worn to denote second and subsequent awards of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Each Service may authorize the use of campaign streamers for operations in the designated areas. The Army has authorized campaign credit and display of streamers for three areas: Grenada, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The Air Force has authorized display of streamers for all 22 operations. The Navy authorizes display of three silver stars and four bronze stars on the streamer representing 19 operations.

        e. Order of precedence and wear policy for service medals awarded to Army personnel is contained in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1. Policy for awards, approving authority and supply of medals is contained in AR 600-8-22. The policy for display of campaign streamers on guidons/flags and supply of streamers is contained in Chapter 9, AR 840-10

        f. The following areas have been designated for award of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal:

      • Attack on Libya (Eldorado Canyon): April 12-17, 1986
      • Berlin, Germany: August 14, 1961 to June 1, 1963
      • Bosnia (OP Joint Endeavor): November 20 1995 to December 19 1996
      • Bosnia (OP Joint Guard): December 20 1996 to June 20 1998
      • Cambodia (Eagle Pull): April 11-13, 1975
      • Cambodia: March 29 to August 15, 1973
      • Congo: July 14, 1960 to September 1, 1962
      • Congo: November 23-27, 1964
      • Cuba: October 24, 1962 to June 1, 1963
      • Desert Fox: December 16-22, 1998
      • Desert Sprind: December 31, 1998 to a date to be announced
      • Desert Thunder: November 11, 1998 to December 22, 1998
      • Dominican Republic: April 23, 1965 to September 21, 1966
      • El Salvador: January 1, 1981 to February 1, 1992
      • Grenada (Urgent Fury): October 23 to November 21, 1983
      • Haiti (Uphold Democracy): September 15, 1994 to March 31, 1995
      • Iraq (Southern Watch): December 1, 1995 to March 20, 2003
      • Iraq (Northern Watch): January 1, 1997 to March 20, 2003
      • Joint Endeavor November 20 to December 20, 1996
      • Joint Forge: June 21, 1998 to March 23, 1999
      • Joint Guard: December 20, 1996 to June 20, 1998
      • Korea: October 1, 1966 to June 30, 1974
      • Laos: April 19, 1961 to October 7, 1962
      • Lebanon: August 25, 1982
      • Lebanon: July 1 to November 1, 1958
      • Lebanon: June 1, 1983 to December 1, 1987
      • Libya: January 20, 1986 to June 27, 1996
      • Maritime Intercept Operations: December 1, 1995 to a date to be announced
      • Mayaquez Rescue: May 15, 1975
      • Panama (Just Cause): December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
      • Persian Gulf (Earnest Will): July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990
      • Persian Gulf: July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990
      • Quemoy and Matsu: August 23, 1958 to June 1, 1963
      • Somalia (Restore Hope): December 5, 1992 to March 31, 1995
      • Somalia (United Shield): December 5, 1992 to March 31, 1995
      • Taiwan Straits: August 23, 1958 to January 1, 1959
      • Thailand: March 29 to August 15, 1973
      • Vietnam (Frequent Wind): April 29-30, 1975
      • Vietnam: July 1, 1958 to July 3, 1965
      • Vigilant Sentinel: December 1, 1995 to February 15, 1997

      • Executive Order 10977

        Establishing The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

        By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

        SECTION 1. There is hereby established the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, with ribbons and appurtenances, for award to personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States who after July 1, 1958:

        (a) Participate, or have participated, as members of United States military units in a United States military operation in which personnel of any military department participate, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in significant numbers; and

        (b) Encounter, incident to such participation, foreign armed opposition, or are otherwise placed, or have been placed, in such position that, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hostile action by foreign armed forces was imminent even though it did not materialize.

        SEC. 2. The medal, with ribbons and appurtenances, shall be of appropriate design approved by the Secretary of' Defense and shall be awarded by the Secretary of the military department directly concerned, and by the Secretary of the Treasury with respect to the United States Coast Guard, under uniform regulations to be issued by the Secretary of Defense.

        SEC. 3. The medal shall be awarded only for operations for which no other United States campaign medal is approved. For operations in which personnel of only one military department participate, the medal shall be awarded only if there is no other suitable award available to that department. No more than one medal shall be awarded to any one person, but for each succeeding operation justifying such award a suitable device may be awarded to be worn on the medal or ribbon as prescribed by appropriate regulations.

        SEC. 4. The medal may be awarded posthumously and, when so awarded, may be presented to such representative of the deceased as may be deemed appropriate by the Secretary of the department concerned.

        THE WHITE HOUSE, December 4, 1961.

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