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Indian Campaign Medal


On a Bronze medal, 1 1/4 inches in diameter, a mounted Indian facing sinister, wearing a war bonnet, and carrying a spear in his right hand. Above the horseman are the words “INDIAN WARS” and below, on either side of a buffalo head, a conventional arrangement of arrowheads, completing a circle. The reverse is a spread eagle on a trophy consisting of a cannon, six rifles and four standards, an Indian shield, quiver of arrows and three spears, a Cuban machete and a Sulu kris. Below the trophy are the words “FOR SERVICE”. The whole is surrounded by a circle composed of the words “UNITED STATES ARMY” in the upper half and thirteen stars in the lower half.


The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 1/4 inch Old Glory Red 67156; 3/16 in Black 67138; 1/2 inch Old Glory Red; 3/16 inch Black; and 1/4 inch Old Glory Red.


See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.


The following are authorized components and related items:

a. Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/192. No longer stocked.

b. Medal (miniature): MIL-DTL-3943/192. Available commercially.

c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/75. Available commercially.

d. Streamers for units receiving campaign credit - manual requisitions in accordance with AR 840-10.


a. The Indian Campaign Medal was established by War Department General Orders 12 in 1907. It was created at the same time as the Civil War Campaign Medal.

b. The initial ribbon was all red; however, two black stripes were added in December 1917 because of the similarity to a ribbon used by the French for the French Legion of Honor.

c. Campaign streamers of the same design as the service ribbon are authorized for display by units receiving campaign credit participation for the Indian Wars. The inscriptions for streamers displayed on the organizational flag will be as indicated in the unit's lineage and honors. The inscriptions for the 14 streamers displayed on the Army flag are listed in AR 840-10 and AR 600-8-22.

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