Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia
Navy and Marine Corps
Display Recognition

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    Example Display Recognition:
    Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
    Navy and Marine Corps are Applicable.

    Military Branches

    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 award of the Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia.
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a DD-214, WD AGO, NAVPERS, NG or other Report of Separation: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone).
      • 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 $9.90 $23.90
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $9.90 $28.90
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • *** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • ** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • 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)

        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: Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia Display Recognition Inquiry

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

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      Issue Regulations
      Fleet Marine Force Combat Insignia

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        The Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia is a miniature 5/16 inch bronze United States Marine Corps emblem that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for wear on specific campaign, expeditionary, and service medal ribbons issued to United States Navy sailors attached to and on duty with Fleet Marine Force (FMF) units during combat operations and sailors on duty with Navy units attached to and operating with Fleet Marine Force units while under Marine Corps operational control during combat operations.

        The device was instituted in 1953. See the Navy and Marine Corps Award Manual (NAVPERS 15,790, Revised 1953) dated 1953

        Criteria and wear

        The Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia must be authorized by the Marine Corps unit commander in order to be worn by U.S. Navy sailors such as hospital corpsmen and chaplains assigned to Marine Corps units and Seabees assigned to naval units operating with Marine Corps units. The Marine Corps unit and sailor must have engaged in active combat action with an armed enemy during the sailor's service with the Marine Corps unit, or the sailor and the Navy unit must have engaged in active combat action with an armed enemy during the Navy unit's operating service with the Marine Corps unit. No more than one Marine Corps emblem may be worn on the ribbons.

        The FMF combat operation insignia is positioned in the center of both the suspension ribbon and service ribbon of the medal. Any other authorized ribbon device such as the 3 16 inch service star or campaign star, are placed on either side of the FMF combat operation insignia, with the first star on the wearer's right of the insignia, the second star on the wearer's left of the insignia, and so on.

        Authorized medals
        Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
        Afghanistan Campaign Medal
        Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
        Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
        Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon
        Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
        European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
        Vietnam Service Medal
        Korean Service Medal
        Iraq Campaign Medal
        Southwest Asia Service Medal
        Kosovo Campaign Medal