Philippine Independence Medal
Replacement Recognition

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      • Sample Replacement Recognition
      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Replacement 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 Replacement Recognitions
      • Sample Replacement Recognition:

        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

        Replacement 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, or other military issued document clearly displaying your award of the Philippine Independence Medal.
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a WD AGO 53-55: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone).
      • NOTICE

        This Replacement 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 Replacement Medal or a Replacement 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 order your Replacement Recognition by...

      • Check Debit card
      • Charge card
      • Personal or Business Check
      • Money Order

        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 Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Philippine Independence Medal Replacement Recognition Inquiry

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

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        Issue Regulations

        Philippine Independence Medal

        Establishing Authority

        The Philippine Independence Medal was initially established as a ribbon only by General Order Number 383, Army Headquarters, Commonwealth of the Philippines, on July 3, 1946. In 1968 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos authorized a medal to accompany the ribbon.

        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 Date

        The effective date of the Philippine Independence Medal July 4, 1946.


        The Philippine Independence Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who meet eligibility requirements for both the Philippine Defense Medal and the Philippine Liberations Medal, or who were present on duty in the Philippines on July 4, 1946.


        The identity of the designer of Philippine Defense Medal is not known.


        No devices were authorized for this medal.

        Description and Symbolism


        In the center of a gilt medallion, the figure of a female bearing a standard. To her right and left are vanishing rows of bolo knives. This central theme is surrounded by an anulet bearing the inscription PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE in the upper half, and July 4, 1946 at the bottom. The date and inscription are separated by two five-pointed stars. The female figure is "Miss Filipinas," an allegorical figure representing the Philippine people. The bolo knives are a traditional weapon of the Philippines.


        The reverse of the medal bears the inscription (in six lines) GRANTED / PHILIPPINE / INDEPENDENCE / BY THE / UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA


        The ribbon to the Philippine Independence Medal is a field of blue bisected in the center by two red stripes separated by a white center stripe. The ribbon is edged in gold. The colors are taken from the Philippine Republic Coat of Arms.


        In 1962 Philippine President Diosdado Macpagal changed Independence Day in the Philippines from July 4 to June 12, which celebrates the anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence from Spain (originall issued by General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898). The 4th of July was retained as an additional national holiday and is celebrated as Philippine-American Friendship Day.