Women's Army Corps Medal
and Display Recognition

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TYPE MEDAL:
For Service Beginning
Anytime Between
10 July 1942
To 2 September 1945




TYPE NON-MEDAL:
For Service Beginning
Anytime Between
15 May 1941
To 9 July 1942
Or
3 September 1945
To 29 October 1978


        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have two display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Colors: Regal, Black or 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 DD-214 clearly displaying your entry into Army service prior to 01 August 1981.
      • Effective Dates of the WAC Medal

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was awarded for qualifying service between the inclusive dates of July 10, 1942, and September 2, 1945.

        Effective Dates of the WAC Certificate

        The Women's Army Corps Certificate is authorized for qualifying service between July 10, 1942 and July 31, 1981.

        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)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214 or other pre-arranged document(s).

        DISPLAY RECOGNITION and/or MEDAL 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
        Women's Army Corps Service Medal


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        Establishing Authority

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was established by Executive Order 9365 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 29, 1943, and implemented by War Department Bulletin 17 (1943).

        Effective Dates of the WAC Medal

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was awarded for qualifying service between the inclusive dates of July 10, 1942, and September 2, 1945.

        Effective Dates of the WAC Certificate

        The Women's Army Corps Certificate is authorized for qualifying service between July 10, 1942 and July 31, 1981.

        Criteria

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was awarded to female members of the Army for military service under either of the following:

        -- In the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps between July 10, 1942, and August 31, 1943.

        -- In the Women's Army Corps between September l, 1943, and September 2, 1945.

        Order of Precedence

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was worn after the American Defense Service Medal and before the American Campaign Medal.

        Devices

        No devices were authorized for the Women's Army Corps Service Medal.

        Designer

        The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones (1892-1969).

        First Recipient

        The identity of the first recipient of the Women's Army Corps Service Medal was not recorded.

        Description and Symbolism

        Obverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, the bust of Pallas Athena is shown superimposed on a sheathed sword crossed with oak leaves and a palm branch. In the upper quarter of the medal, following the contour of the rim, the words WOMEN'S and in the lower portion of the medal, ARMY CORPS.

        The Pallas Athena is the Goddess of Victory and Wisdom and in Greek mythology is considered to be one of greater gods, wise in both the industries of peace and war (which are alluded to by the sword and palm).

        Reverse

        In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, and within an arrangement of thirteen stars, a scroll with the words FOR SERVICE IN THE WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS (in four lines). An eagle with open wings is perched on top of the scroll, and in the lower portion of the medal (following the contour of its rim), the dates 1942 - 1943. In the center of the scroll, in large letters, are the initials US.

        The thirteen stars represent the original colonies and therefore the United States of America, as further alluded to by the initials US. The eagle is the American bald eagle. The dates are those for which the medal was authorized.

        Ribbon

        The ribbon of the Women's Army Corps Service Medal consists of a field of moss green edged in gold. The colors of the ribbon were those of the Women's Army Corps.

        WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS SERVICE MEDAL

        OBVERSE REVERSE

        1. Description: A bronze medal, 1 < inches in diameter, with the head of Pallas Athene in profile facing right, superimposed on a sheathed sword cross with oak leaves and a palm branch within a circle composed of the words "WOMEN'S" in the upper half, and in the lower half "ARMY CORPS". On the reverse, within an arrangement of 13 stars, is a scroll bearing the words "FOR SERVICE IN THE WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS" in front of the letters "U S" in lower relief. At the top and perched on the scroll is an eagle with wings elevated and displayed and at the bottom, the date "1942-1943".

        2. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 1/8 inch Old Gold 67105; 1 1/8 inch Mosstone Green 67127; and 1/8 inch Old Gold.

        3. Criteria: The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was awarded for service in both the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during the period 10 Jul 42 - 31 Aug 43 and the Women's Army Corps during the period 1 Sep 43 - 2 Sep 45.

        4. Components: The following are authorized components of the Women's Army Corps Service medal:

        a. Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/199.

        b. Medal (miniature size): MIL-STD-3943/199. Available commercially.

        c. Ribbon: MIL-STD-11589/153. Available commercially.

        d. Lapel Button: Available commercially.

        5. Background: a. The Women's Army Corps Service Medal was established by Executive Order 9365 and promulgated in War Department Bulletin 17, 1943.

        b. Proposed designs were submitted to the Secretary of War for approval on 12 Dec 44 and approved by the Secretary on 16 Dec 44. The design by Mr. Thomas Hudson Jones, Heraldic Branch, Office of the Quartermaster General, has Pallas Athene, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts. The ribbon colors are the branch colors of the Women's Army Corps.