European African Middle Eastern
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        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 three display types to choose from:
        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 or other military issued document clearly displaying your award of the European African Middle Eastern Campaign.
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a WD AGO 53-55: 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.

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        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Heavy Bond Enclosure $19.00 $6.40 $25.75

      • Total/Shipping fees, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
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      • How to Apply

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

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
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      • 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 WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).

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        Long Beach CA 90805-7549

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        Issue Regulations


        European African Middle Eastern Campaign


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        Establishing Authority:

        The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (sometimes referred to as (EAME TCR [*]) was established by Executive Order 9265 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on November 6, 1942, and implemented by War Department Bulletin 56 (1942) and Navy Department General Orders Number 253 (1942).

          (TCR: Theater Campaign Ribbon; Temporary Campaign Ribbon; Transistional Campaign Replacement)

        Effective Dates:

        The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for qualifying service between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946.

        Criteria:

        The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following conditions:

      • On permanent assignment within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater; or,
      • For service in a passenger status or on temporary duty status for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days; or,
      • For service in active combat in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations against the enemy and awarded a combat decoration or furnished a recognition by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that the individual actually participated in combat.
      • Order of Precedence:

        The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was worn after the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and before the World War II Victory Medal.

        Devices:

      • A. Bronze service stars: Bronze service stars were awarded by all services for participation in designated campaigns.
      • B. Silver service stars: The Silver service star is worn in lieu of five Bronze service stars.
      • C. Bronze arrowhead: A bronze arrowhead device was awarded for participation in designated Army amphibious and airborne combat assaults (Note: only one bronze arrowhead could be worn on the ribbon).
      • Designer:

        The obverse of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones (1892-1969). The reverse was designed by Adolph A. Weinman (1870-1952).

        First Recipient:

        The first recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was presented his medal on July 24, 1947.

        Description and Symbolism:

      • Obverse: In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, an LST landing craft is shown with troops landing under fire, with an airplane in the background below the words EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN (in three lines). This scene represents the major invasions of Africa and Europe during the Second World War and portrays elements of the Army, Navy, and Air Corps. The words describe the Theater of operations.
      • Reverse: In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, an American bald eagle is shown perched on a rock. To the eagle's left, the dates 1941-1945 (in two lines); to the eagle's right, the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (in three lines). The bald eagle is the national symbol and thereby represents the American people. It is perched on a solid rock which represents the firmness of resolve and strength of America in prosecuting the war, as indicated by the dates.
      • Ribbon:

        The ribbon to the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal has a broad center stripe of green that is bisected by blue, white and red pinstripes. The green is edged on the right by slightly wider pinstripes of green, white and red (green being the outmost color); to the left, the center stripe of green is edged by slightly wider pinstripes of white, black, and white. The outer edges of the ribbon are edged in brown.

        The Secretary of War directed that ribbons for the area campaign medals were to employ separate colors to denote the theaters they represented. The theater color was to predominate in each ribbon and the common relationship among all of them was to be achieved by using colored stripes put in the same place on each of the ribbons. The central stripe of green (bisected by the blue, white and red pinstripes taken from the American Defense Service Medal) alludes to the vegetation of Europe. The brown edge stripes represent North Africa. The green, white and red pinstripes inside the right edge are the colors of Italy and the white, black and white pinstripes inside the left edge represent Germany, thus representing both of the Axis powers in Europe.

        Description: The Bronze medal is 1 inches in width. On the front is a LST landing craft and troops landing under fire with an airplane in the background below the words "EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN". On the reverse, an American bald eagle close between the dates "1941 - 1945" and the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

        Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/16 inch Brown 67136; 1/16 inch Irish Green 67189; 1/16 inch White 67101; 1/16 inch Scarlet 67111; inch Irish Green; center 1/8 inch triparted Old Glory Blue 67178, White and Scarlet; inch Irish Green; 1/16 inch White; 1/16 inch Black 67138; 1/16 inch White; and 3/16 inch Brown.

        Criteria: a. The European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal was awarded to personnel for service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 December 1941 and 8 November 1945 under any of the following conditions:

      • (1) On permanent assignment.
      • (2) In a passenger status or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 days not consecutive.
      • (3) In active combat against the enemy and was awarded a combat decoration or furnished a recognition by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that he actually participated in combat.
      • The western boundary of EAME Theater is from the North Pole, south along the 75th meridian west longitude to the 77th parallel north latitude, then southeast through Davis Strait to the intersection of the 40th parallel north latitude and the 35th meridian west longitude, then south along the meridian to the 10th parallel north latitude, then southeast to the intersection of the Equator and the 20th meridian west longitude, then along the 20th meridian west longitude to the South Pole. The eastern boundary of the EAME Theater is from the North Pole south along the 60th meridian east longitude to its intersection with the east boundary of Iran, then south along the Iran boundary to the Gulf of Oman and the intersection of the 60th meridian east longitude, then south along the 60th meridian east longitude to the South Pole. The EAME Theater included Europe, European Russia, Greenland, Iceland, Africa, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.

        Components: The following are authorized components:

      • a. Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/248. Medal set with full size medal and ribbon bar. NSN 8455-00-269-5768.
      • b. Medal (miniature): MIL-DTL-3943/248. Available commercially.
      • c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/57. NSN 8455-00-257-0537. Available commercially.
      • d. Streamer: The EAME Campaign ribbon is used as a streamer for 16 streamers on the Army flag. Units that receive campaign credit display the streamers for the applicable campaigns in which they participated.
      • Background: a. The EAME Campaign Medal was established per Executive Order 9265, dated 6 November 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and announced in War Department Bulletin 56, 1942. The criteria was initially announced in Department of the Army (DA) Circular 84, dated 25 March 1948, and subsequently published in Army Regulation 600-65, dated 22 September 1948.

        The ribbon design was approved by the Secretary of War in December 1942. The brown represents the sands of Africa and the green represents the green fields of Europe. The center blue, white, and red stripes are taken from the American Defense Service Medal ribbon and refers to the continuance of American Defense after Pearl Harbor. Green, white and red are the Italian colors and the white and black colors represent Germany.

        The medal was designed by Mr. Thomas Hudson Jones, based on General Eisenhower's request that the medal include an invasion scene. The reverse side was designed by Mr. A. A. Weinman and is the same design as used on the reverse of the Asiatic-Pacific and American Campaign Medals. The medal design was submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts on 17 September 1946 and the first sample was completed in July 1947. General Eisenhower was presented the first medal on 24 July 1947.

        A bronze star is worn on the ribbon to indicate participation in designated campaigns. The designated campaigns for the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater are:

      • Egypt-Libya 11 Jun 42 - 12 Feb 43
      • Air Offensive, Europe 4 Jul 42 - 5 Jun 44
      • Algeria-French Morocco 8-11 Nov 42
      • Tunisia 12 Nov 42 - 13 May 43
      • Sicily 14 May 43 - 17 Aug 43
      • Naples-Foggia 18 Aug 43 - 21 Jan 44
      • Anzio 22 Jan 44 - 24 May 44
      • Rome-Arno 22 Jan 44 - 9 Sep 44
      • Normandy 6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44
      • Northern France 25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44
      • Southern France 15 Aug 44 - 14 Sep 44
      • Northern Apennines 10 Sep 44 - 4 Apr 45
      • Rhineland 15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45
      • Ardennes-Alsace 16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45
      • Central Europe 22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45
      • Po Valley 5 Apr 45 - 8 May 45
      • Antisubmarine 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45
      • Ground Combat 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45
      • Air Combat: 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45
        * These campaigns are not displayed as streamers on the Army flag.
      • A bronze arrowhead is worn on the ribbon to indicate participation in a combat parachute jump, combat glider landing, or amphibious assault landing within the EAME Theater.

        Executive Order 9265--American, European-African-Middle Eastern and Asiatic-Pacific campaign medals

        Source: The provisions of Executive Order 9265 of Nov. 6, 1942, appear at 7 FR 9106, 3 CFR, 1938-1943 Comp., p. 1224, unless otherwise noted.

        By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, it is hereby ordered that the American, European-African-Middle Eastern, and Asiatic-Pacific campaign medals, including suitable appurtenances, be established, and that the said medals may be awarded, under such regulations as the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy may severally prescribe, to members of the land and naval forces of the United States, including the Women's Reserve of the United States Naval Reserve, and to members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps who, during any period between December 7, 1941, inclusive, and a date six months subsequent to the termination of the present war, shall have served outside the continental limits of the United States in any of the respective areas as indicated by the names of the medals, such areas to be more precisely defined in the regulations hereby authorized.

        For the purposes of this order, the Territory of Alaska shall be considered as outside the continental limits of the United States.


        Editorial note: Executive Order 9265 was amended by the following provisions of Executive Order 9706 of Mar. 15, 1946, which appear at 11 FR 2811, 3 CFR, 1943-1948 Comp., p. 520:

      • 1. The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal shall not be awarded for any service rendered subsequent to November 8, 1945.
      • 2. The American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal shall not be awarded for any service rendered subsequent to March 2, 1946.
      • 3. Effective October 12, 1945, members and former members of the land and naval forces of the United States, including the Women's Reserve of the United States Naval Reserve, and former members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, who served in the continental United States for an aggregate period of one year between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, inclusive, may be awarded the American Campaign Medal under such regulations as the Secretary of War and Secretary of the Navy may severally prescribe.
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