China Service Medal
Display Recognition

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      • Example Display Recognition
      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How to Apply
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Display Recognitions
      • Example Display Recognition:
        Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
        Displayed: Navy.
        Eligibility: Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy



        Military Branches

        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 WD AGO 53-55, DD-214, OR other military issued document clearly displaying your wartime China service.
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a WD AGO 53-55 or DD-214: 1-562-422-4100.
      • 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.

        WARNING!
        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 / Fax: 1-562-422-4100

        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 $8.35 $22.35
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $8.35 $27.35
        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)

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

        China Service Medal
        Display Recognition

        Mailing Address

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

        Questions?

        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100

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        Issue Regulations
        China Service Medal, Official Commemorative


        Establishing Authority


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        The China Service Medal was established on August 23, 1940, by Navy Department General Orders Number 135 as amended on January 22, 1947, by ALNAV 25 (further amended on January 28, 1948, by Navy Department General Orders Number 255).

        Effective Dates

        The China Service Medal was awarded for qualifying service between the inclusive dates of July 7, 1937, and September 7, 1939; and was was subsequently extended to include service rendered between September 2, 1945, to April 1, 1957.

        Criteria

        The China Service Medal was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who:

        -- Served ashore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in China between July 7, 1937, and September 7, 1939; or who

        -- Served ashore in China or were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of operations in China between September 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957. Military services performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between September 2, 1945 and March 2, 1946 could be credited for eligibility for the China Service Medal unless the individual was eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal based on service performed prior to September 2, 1945.

        Order of Precedence

        The China Service Medal was worn after the Yangtze Service Medal and before the American Defense Service Medal.

        Devices

        Individuals who received the China Service Medal for service during both periods of eligibility were authorized to wear a bronze star on the ribbon.

        First Recipient

        The first recipient of the China Service Medal is not known.

        Designer

        The China Service Medal was designed by George H. Snowden.

        Description and Symbolism

        Obverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, a Chinese junk in full sail is shown upon scroll waves; the junk is encircled by the words CHINA SERVICE in stylized lettering.

        The Chinese junk was used because it is a common sight in Chinese inland and coastal waters and thereby symbolizes the geographic area of operations for which the medal was awarded.

        Reverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion, an eagle is shown perched on an anchor; the eagle is facing to the left, and the flukes of the anchor are to the right side of the medallion. The eagle is grasping sprigs of laurel, which extend beyond the anchor in both directions. Above the eagle are the words UNITED STATES NAVY (or UNITED STATES MARINE COPRS). Above the laurel on the left is the word FOR, and over the laurel on the right, SERVICE.

        The eagle is the American bald eagle and represents the United States; the anchor alludes to naval service. The laurel is symbolic of victory and achievement.

        Ribbon

        The ribbon to the China Service Medal consists of a gold background with a red stripe inside each edge. These colors were selected because they are popular Asian colors and represent the geographic area of operations for which this medal was awarded.

        Numbering

        The Navy version of the China Service Medal was not numbered; however, the Marine Corps version was numbered without prefix from 1 to 1000 and from 3000 to 4000.

        (1) To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps during operations in China from 7 July 1937 to 7 September 1939, a service medal to be known as the "China Service Medal" will be issued to the officers and enlisted men who participated in these operations.

        (2) The award will be made to the officers and enlisted en of the Navy and Marine Corps who served on shore in China during the period from 7 July 1937 to 7 September 1939, and to the officers and enlisted men who were attached to and serving on board any of the vessels mentioned in the following list between the dates appearing below each vessel.

        (3) No person is entitled to more than one medal for service during these operations. (Navy Department General Order No. 176 of 1 July 1942.)

        CHINA SERVICE MEDAL (EXTENDED)

        1. The purposes for which the China Service Medal was established and authorized by General Order No. 176, dated 1 July 1942, are extended to include the services performed by personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard during the operations in China subsequent to 2 September 1945, and until a terminal date to be designated. It is further provided that the Secretary of the Navy may tender this medal to personnel of the Army or other components of the Armed Forces of the United States for service which he may determine to be commensurate to and consistent with the services for which the award is made to personnel in the naval service, and this provision for tender shall apply for all periods of time for which award of this medal is authorized.

        2. The medal will be awarded to individual who shall have been attached to, present, and serving on permanent duty with an organization of the naval service of the United States credited by the Secretary of the Navy with having participated in operations in China. Service in a passenger status, or as an observer, visitor, courier, escort, inspector or other similar status when not permanently attached to an eligible unit, is not creditable toward eligibility for the above medal. Services performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between 3 September 1945 and 2 March 1946, inclusive, shall not be credited toward individual eligibility for the China Service Medal unless the individual is already eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for services performed prior to 2 September 1945.

        3. Organizations will, consistent with the above dates, be credited with qualifying service for services performed on shore in China and such adjacent islands and territories as are recognized to be Chinese, or in ships operating in such territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas, or in aircraft based upon and operating from such territories or ships.

        4. The China Service Medal shall not be awarded for any service for which another service medal is authorized except as provided in paragraph 2 above and not more than one medal shall be awarded to any individual. No clasps, distinguishing devices, or other insignia are authorized to be worn on the corresponding service ribbon except that individuals to whom the medal has been or may be awarded for service performed under General Order No. 176, of 1 July 1942, shall upon becoming eligible for this award for service performed subsequent to 2 September 1945, wear a bronze star signifying the second award on the ribbon of the medal and on the service ribbon.

        5. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as altering or otherwise affecting the condition for which the China Service Medal was awarded by General Order No. 176, of 1 July 1942, except as providing for tender to other services as provided in Paragraph 1 above (ALNAV 25 of 22 Jan. 1947; Navy Department General Order No. 255 of 28 Jan. 1948.)

        Source: 1953 U.S. Navy Awards Manual

        (FIRST ELIGIBILITY PERIOD. Extended period to be added.)

        Alden............07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37
        03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37
        18 Jul 38-37 Sep 38
        30 Jan 39-27 Feb 39
        06 Jun 38-08 Aug 38
        Asheville........07 Jul 38-28 Dec 38
        24 Mar 38-04 Feb 39
        06 Apr 39-17 Jul 39
        Augusta..........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37
        03 Aug 37-06 Jan 38
        20 Jan 38-22 Jan 38
        08 Apr 38-28 Dec 38
        22 Apr 39-07 Sep 39
        Barker...........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37
        03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37
        09 Feb 38-28 Feb 38
        18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38
        26 Feb 39-03 Apr 39
        06 Jun 39-14 Aug 39
        Bittern..........07 Jul 37-04 Oct 37
        06 May 39-15 May 39
        08 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Blackhawk........07 Jul 37-18 Nov 37
        04 Apr 38-06 Apr 38
        18 Jul 38-28 Sep 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Bridge...........08 Nov 37-09 Mar 38
        Bulmer...........07 Jul 37-10 Nov 37
        26 Nov 37-18 Dec 37
        08 Apr 38-06 Aug 38
        03 Apr 39-04 Sep 39
        Canopus..........07 Jul 37-21 Sep 37
        03 Oct 37-06 Oct 37
        19 Oct 37-25 Oct 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        11 May 39-12 Aug 39
        Chaumont.........07 Jul 37-19 Jul 37
        18 Sep 37-04 Oct 37
        17 Oct 37-23 Oct 37
        06 Nov 37-13 Nov 37
        11 Feb 38-18 Feb 38
        29 Oct 38-19 Nov 38
        15 May 39-06 Jun 39
        22 Aug 39-07 Sep 39
        Edsall...........07 Jul 37-28 Oct 37
        10 Nov 37-18 Dec 37
        24 Mar 38-12 Jul 38
        03 Apr 39-04 Sep 39
        Edwards, John D..07 Jul 37-18 Nov 37
        18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38
        30 Jan 39-26 Feb 39
        06 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Finch............07 Jul 37-04 Dec 37
        10 Jul 38-06 Sep 38
        06 May 39-15 May 39
        18 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Ford, John D.....07 Jul 37-19 Nov 37
        15 Jan 38-03 Feb 38
        17 Feb 38-24 Feb 38
        15 Jul 38-15 Sep 38
        02 Nov 38-15 Dec 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Gold Star........26 Aug 37-07 Sep 37
        22 Sep 37-28 Sep 37
        27 Nov 37-01 Dec 37
        11 Feb 38-14 Feb 38
        26 Sep 38-11 Oct 38
        25 Nov 38-29 Nov 38
        10 Feb 39-27 Feb 39
        05 May 39-19 May 39
        18 Jul 39-01 Aug 39
        Guam.............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39
        Henderson........24 Oct 37-14 Nov 37
        02 May 38-23 May 38
        30 Dec 38-20 Jan 39
        02 Jul 39-25 Jul 39
        Heron............07 Jul 37-04 Oct 37
        15 Sep 38-22 Sep 38
        27 Jul 39-03 Aug 39
        Isabel...........07 Jul 37-29 Oct 37
        05 Jan 38-07 Sep 38
        Jones, Paul......07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37
        26 Sep 37-19 Nov 37
        12 Aug 38-27 Sep 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Luzon............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39
        Marblehead.......19 Sep 37-16 Feb 38
        14 May 38-07 Aug 38
        Marblehead.......22 Aug 38-27 Sep 38
        09 Apr 39-07 Sep 39
        Mindanao.........07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39
        Monocacy.........07 Jul 37-31 Jan 39
        Oahu.............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39
        Panay............07 Jul 37-12 Dec 37
        Parrott..........07 Jul 37-18 Dec 37
        12 Mar 38-25 Mar 38
        14 Sep 38-28 Sep 38
        03 Jun 39-04 Sep 39
        Peary............16 Aug 37-17 Nov 37
        15 Dec 37-24 Dec 37
        06 Jan 38-25 Jan 38
        08 Feb 38-27 Feb 38
        15 Jul 38-14 Oct 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Pecos............19 Aug 37-04 Oct 37
        16 Jul 38-31 Jul 38
        23 Aug 38-28 Sep 38
        31 May 39-07 Sep 39
        Pigeon...........07 Jul 37-19 Sep 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        02 May 39-11 May 39
        30 Jul 39-07 Sep 39
        Pillsbury........07 Jul 37-17 Nov 37
        31 Dec 37-06 Jan 38
        20 Jan 38-02 Feb 38
        16 Jul 38-11 Nov 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Pope.............07 Jul 37-17 Nov 37
        15 Dec 37-17 Jan 38
        31 Jan 38-01 Mar 38
        15 Jul 38-20 Sep 38
        15 Nov 38-16 Dec 38
        05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39
        Ramapo...........01 Aug 37-15 Aug 37
        21 Oct 37-25 Oct 37
        Ramapo...........28 Mar 39-05 Apr 39
        03 Jul 39-14 Jul 39
        S-36.............07 Jul 37-19 Sep 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        25 Mar 39-07 Sep 39
        S-37.............07 Jul 37-25 Aug 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        19 Jul 39-07 Sep 39
        S-38.............07 Jul 37-21 Jul 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        02 May 39-07 Sep 39
        S-39.............07 Jul 38-21 Jul 38
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        04 Jul 39-07 Sep 39
        S-40.............07 Jul 37-21 Jul 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        25 May 39-07 Sep 39
        S-41.............07 Jul 37-25 Aug 37
        13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38
        04 Jul 39-07 Sep 39
        Sacramento.......07 Jul 37-26 Sep 37
        05 Oct 37-27 Mar 38
        03 Jun 38-02 Jan 39
        Stewart..........07 Jul 37-17 Oct 37
        30 Oct 37-18 Dec 37
        24 Feb 38-07 Apr 38
        03 Jun 39-04 Sep 39
        Trinity..........28 Aug 39-07 Sep 39
        Tulsa............07 Jul 37-13 Jul 38
        17 Sep 38-04 Feb 39
        06 Apr 39-07 Sep 39
        Tutuila..........07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39
        Whipple..........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37
        03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37
        18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38
        26 Feb 39-03 Apr 39
        06 Jun 39-07 Sep 39

        1. Description:

        Obverse: In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, a Chinese junk in full sail is shown upon scroll waves; the junk is encircled by the words CHINA SERVICE in stylized lettering. The Chinese junk was used because it is a common sight in Chinese inland and coastal waters and thereby symbolizes the geographic area of operations for which the medal was awarded.

        Reverse: In the center of a bronze medallion, an eagle is shown perched on an anchor; the eagle is facing to the left, and the flukes of the anchor are to the right side of the medallion. The eagle is grasping sprigs of laurel, which extend beyond the anchor in both directions. Above the eagle are the words UNITED STATES NAVY (or UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS). Above the laurel on the left is the word FOR, and over the laurel on the right, SERVICE. The eagle is the American bald eagle and represents the United States; the anchor alludes to naval service. The laurel is symbolic of victory and achievement.

        Ribbon: The ribbon to the China Service Medal consists of a gold background with a red stripe inside each edge. These colors were selected because they are popular Asian colors and represent the geographic area of operations for which this medal was awarded.

        2. Criteria: The China Service Medal was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who:

        a. Served ashore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in China between July 7, 1937, and September 7, 1939.

        b. Served ashore in China or were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of operations in China between September 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957. Military services performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between September 2, 1945 and March 2, 1946 could be credited for eligibility for the China Service Medal unless the individual was eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal based on service performed prior to September 2, 1945.

        3. Devices: Individuals who received the China Service Medal for service during both periods of eligibility were authorized to wear a bronze star on the ribbon.

        4. Background: The China Service Medal was established on August 23, 1940, by Navy Department General Orders Number 135 as amended on January 22, 1947, by ALNAV 25 (further amended on January 28, 1948, by Navy Department General Orders Number 255). The China Service Medal was awarded for qualifying service between the inclusive dates of July 7, 1937, and September 7, 1939; and was was subsequently extended to include service rendered between September 2, 1945, to April 1, 1957. The China Service Medal was designed by George H. Snowden.

        For morale purposes The (Navy) China Service (Commemorative) Medal was issued to many Army and Army Air Force personnel who served in China during the war to exemplify the harsh and dangerous conditions they faced under Japanese threat and Japanese policy not to take prisoners of war. There is no list of Army and Army Air Force personnel who were actually awarded the CSM. However, the CSM's Commemorative status may take into account all Army and Army Air Force personnel who served on-land in China between 7 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.