Real Medals

 

Real Army & Navy Medals used in COD4

NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL

Authorized on 11 January 1944 to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps., for acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Originally a ribbon award, the medal was authorized in 1960. Primarily for junior officers and enlisted personnel.

RVN CAMPAIGN MEDAL

Authorized on 12 May 1964, for members of the Vietnamese and U.S. Armed Forces, for participation in the military campaign in Vietnam for a minimum of 6 months service (beginning on 20 June 1966). Supplied with the standard silver scroll device “1960 – “.

RVN STAFF SERVICE MEDAL

Authorized on 12 May 1964, for officers of staff service military personnel who have distinguished themselves by outstanding initiative and devotion to duty.

 

LEGION OF MERIT COMMANDER

Authorized on 20 July 1942 to all members of the United States Armed Forces and foreign national, for exceptionally meritorious conduct and achievement in a key position of responsibility. Commander grade is the second highest degree and is generally awarded to heads of state and commanders of foreign armed forces.

 

SAUDI LIBERATION OF KUWAIT

The Saudi Arabian version of the Kuwait Liberation Medal is awarded to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between the dates of January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991. It is considered the rarer of the two versions of the medal, as it recognizes service in a relatively short period of time (only a few months) whereas the Kuwaiti version of the medal is granted for service over several years. For this reason, the Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal is considered senior in precedence to the Kuwati version of the medal.

 

RVN SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL

Authorized on 12 May 1964, for military personnel, government employees or civilians, who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary deeds or accomplished an important mission that involved risk of life and required exceptional fortitude and aggressiveness.

 

DISTIGUISHED FLYING CROSS

Authorized on 2 July 1926 for award to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself/herself in combat in support of operations by “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.

 

RVN CIVIL ACTIONS MEDAL

Authorized on 12 May 1964, primarily for officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, for outstanding achievement in the field of civil affairs.

 

RVN WOUND MEDAL

A military decoration of South Vietnam created in 1950. Awarded to U.S. military service members who, while engaged in armed combat with enemies of the Republic of Vietnam, were either killed or wounded in action. Typically U.S. personnel awarded the medal must have been attached to and under the direct command of a Vietnamese unit.

  NAVY CROSS

The Navy Cross, the second highest medal awarded by the Department of the Navy and the second highest award given for valor, may be awarded to any member of the armed forces while serving with the Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard (in time of war only) that distinguishes himself in action by extraordinary heroism not justifying an award of the Medal of Honor. The action must take place under one of three circumstances:

  1. While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States
  2. While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force
  3. While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

To earn a Navy Cross the act to be commended must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to render the individual highly conspicuous among others of equal grade, rate, experience, or position of responsibility. An accumulation of minor acts of heroism does not justify an award of the Navy Cross.