China War Memorial Badge Medal
Display Recognition

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      Example Display Recognition:
      Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
      Eligibility: Army, Army Air Corps, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

      Military Branches

      Army, Army Air Corps, 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, NAVPERS 53-55, DD-214 or other Report of Separation. If your China service is not stated on your Report of Separation you MUST provide a copy of your Report of Separation AND a photocopy of other military-issued documentation displaying your China Service.
    • 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 $10.50 USPS $24.50
      Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50
      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 in 6 weeks)
      • (* 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 War Memorial Badge Medal Application Form
        Display Recognition

        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)

        Issue Regulations

        China War Memorial Medal

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        This medal was authorized by the Chinese Nationalist Government for issue to all servicemen and others who assisted the Chinese in their fight against Japan during the second World War. It was awarded to both military and civilian personnel who were directly involved in the war effort. Perhaps the largest single group of Americans to receive this medal were members of the 14th Air Force, the famed "Flying Tigers." This medal was presented to them in a special ceremony during a convention of the 14th Air Force Association held in New Orleans on August 2, 1975. The medals were formally presented to about 200 veterans by the Ambassador of the Republic of China and Anna Chennault, the widow of General Claire L. Chennault, the former commander of the Flyng Tigers.

        Establishing Authority

        This medal was established as the Medal in Commemoration of Victory in the Resistance Against Aggression, but is more commonly known as the China War Memorial Medal. It was established by the Republic of China in 1944 and issued October of 1946.

        Acceptance by the United States

        Acceptance of this medal was authorized in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 80-314, which authorized the acceptance of foreign awards and decorations during World War II for the period of December 7, 1941 through July 24, 1948.

        Effective Dates

        The effective dates of the China War Medal are December 8, 1941 to September 2, 1945.


        The China War Memorial Medal was awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Mainland China, Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand, for at least thirty days between December 8, 1941 and September 2, 1945.

        Order of Precedence

        This medal is worn behind all foreign decorations. When worn with other foreign service medals, it worn in the chronological order in which they were received.


        No devices are authorized for this medal.


        The design for the China War Memorial Medal was set by the Government of the Republic of China.

        Description and Symbolism


        The front of the medal shows the Marco Polo Bridge, which spans the Yeng-ding river. The bridge symbolizes the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, because Japan's full-scale aggression against China began on July 7, 1937, near Peking in a small town called Lukou-Chiao, which means "Marco Polo Bridge." Above the bridge are the crossed flags of the Republic of China and her Armed Forces, symbolizing unity of the Chinese people. The portrait between the flags is that of Chiang Kai-shek, who was Chairman of the Military Committee of the National Government during the war. In the background over the bridge can be seen a city with smokestacks, alluding to the return of peaceful pursuits.


        The reverse of the medal contains a raised panel with the impressed notation, No. A, presumably to allow for the engraving of either the recipient's name or an issuing serial number. Above and below this panel are Chinese characters indicating the nature and purpose of the medal.


        The ribbon contains a center stripe five-eighths of an inch wide, bordered on either side by a blue stripe one-eighth of an inch wide, and a red edge stripe three-sixteenths of an inch wide. A round metal Chinese sunburst emblem is placed in the center of the ribbon.

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