A bronze medal, 1 1/4 inch in diameter, with an oxidized, relieved finish.
A sheathed Roman sword hanging on a tablet which is inscribed FOR SERVICE ON THE MEXICAN BORDER. The tablet is surrounded by a laurel wreath.
The Coat of Arms of the United States above a scroll and surrounded by a wreath ending at the center with cross rifles in dexter, crossed sabers in sinister, and crossed cannons in base.
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width and consists of the following vertical stripes: 7/16 inch Emerald Green, 1/2 inch Golden Yellow, 7/16 inch and Emerald Green.