Medal for Humane Action
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        All Five Service Branches, Army, Coast Guard,
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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 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, WD AGO, NAVPERS, NG or other military issued document clearly displaying your Medal for Humane Action authorization.
      • 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 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!
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        • 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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        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $8.35 $22.35
        Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $8.35 $27.35

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      • How to Apply

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

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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 DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).

        DISPLAY RECOGNITION and/or APPLICATION FORM

        Mailing Address

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

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        Issue Regulations
        Medal for Humane Action


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        Medal for Humane Action, medal commemorates military service in direct support of the Berlin Airlift. It was awarded to members of the Armed Forces for 120 consecutive days of service in, or in direct support of, the Berlin airlift, 26 June 1948 - 30 Sep 1949. The Medal for Humane Action was established by an Act of Congress (Public Law 178, 81st Congress), 20 July 1949. The medal was designed by Mr. Thomas Hudson Jones of The Institute of Heraldry. The C-54 is the type of aircraft used in support of the Berlin airlift, and the coat of arms is that of the City of Berlin. The wreath of wheat represents the staff of life and thereby the necessities of life alluded to on the reverse of the medal.

        Background This medal is awarded to personnel who were assigned or attached to and present for duty for at least 120 days during the period June 26, 1948 and Sept. 30, 1949, inclusive, with any of the units cited in Department of the Air Force general orders for participating in the Berlin Airlift or for direct support of the Berlin Airlift.

        Criteria The Medal for Humane Action may be awarded to foreign armed forces members and civilians (U.S. and foreign) for meritorious participation in the Berlin Airlift. In each instance, however, an individual recommendation indicating meritorious participation is required. People whose lives were lost while participating in the Berlin Airlift, or as a direct result of participating in the Berlin Airlift, may be awarded the Medal for Humane Action without regard to the length of the service provided all other requirements are met.

        Medal Description

        Medal: The Bronze medal is 1 < inches in diameter. The miniature medal is 5/8 inch in diameter. On the obverse, in the center, a C-54 airplane (as viewed from above) within a wreath of wheat connected at the bottom by a coat of arms. On the reverse, an eagle, shield and arrows from the seal of the Department of Defense, beneath the words "FOR HUMANE ACTION" and above the inscription in four lines, "TO SUPPLY NECESSITIES OF LIFE TO THE PEOPLE OF BERLIN GERMANY". Ribbon

        The ribbon to the Medal for Humane Action is 1 3/8 inches in width and consists of the following stripes: 9/32 inch black; 1/16 inch white; 9/32 inch teal blue; 3/64 inch white; 1/32 inch scarlet; 3/64 inch white; 9/32 inch teal blue; 1/16 inch white; and 9/32 inch black.

        The medal is 1.25 inches in diameter, depicting a C-54 airplane in a wheat border centering the Berlin coat of arms.

        ESTABLISHING LEGISLATION

        The Medal for Humane Action was established by Act of Congress (Public Law 178, 81st Congress) on July 20, 1949.

        EVENT COMMEMORATED

        The Medal for Humane Action commemorates military service in direct support of the Berlin Airlift. It was awarded to members of the Armed Forces for 120 days service in, or in direct support of, the Berlin Airlift between June 26, 1948 and September 30, 1949, within the following prescribed boundaries:

      • Northern Boundary: 54th parallel north latitude
      • Eastern Boundary: 14th meridian east longitude
      • Southern Boundary: 48th parallel north latitude
      • Western Boundary: 5th meridian west longitude
      • Units Awarded:

      • (1) Air Transport Squadron SIX
      • (2) Air Transport Squadron EIGHT
      • (3) GCA Unit TWENTY-ONE
      • (4) GCA Unit TWENTY-EIGHT
      • (5) GCA Unit THIRTY-ONE
      • (6) Headquarters Company, Staff of COMNAV Germany
      • (7) Any Air Force unit approved by Chief of Staff, USAF, as participating in direct support of Berlin Airlift (Operation VITTLES)

        The Medal for Humane Action could also be posthumously awarded to any person who lost his or her life while participating in (or as a direct result of) the Berlin Airlift, without regard to length of service so long as that person was otherwise eligible.

        ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

        The Medal for Humane Action takes precedence after the Army of Occupation Medal (or the Naval Occupation Service Medal) and before the National Defense Service Medal.

        DEVICES

        No devices were authorized for this medal.

        DESIGNER

        The Medal for Humane Action was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones (1892-1969).

        First Recipient

        The identity of the first recipient of the Medal for Humane Action was not recorded.

        DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM

        Obverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, a C-54 airplane (as viewed from above) is shown within a wreath of wheat connected at the bottom by a coat of arms. The C-54 is the type of aircraft used in support of the Berlin airlift, and the coat of arms is that of the City of Berlin. The wreath of wheat represents the "staff of life" and thereby the necessities of life alluded to on the reverse of the medal.

        Reverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, the eagle, shield and arrows from the seal of the Department of Defense are shown beneath the words FOR HUMANE ACTION and above the inscription in four lines, TO SUPPLY NECESSITIES OF LIFE TO THE PEOPLE OF BERLIN GERMANY.

        Ribbon

        The ribbon to the Medal for Humane Action consists of a central stripe of median blue bisected by a red pinstripe edged in white. The ribbon is edged in black, which is separated from the medium blue by narrow white stripes. Red, white and black are the colors of the Coat of Arms of the City of Berlin; the blue, white and red represent the U.S. colors. The blue also alludes to the skies as the field of action for the Berlin Airlift; the arrangement of the colors inside the black edges also suggests the Distinguished Flying Cross, alluding to the skill and devotion exhibited by the aircrews involved in the difficult airlift operations.

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