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Humanitarian Service Medal


Description

A Bronze medal, 1 inches in diameter, surmounted by an open hand, palm up, extending to the upper left. On the reverse is a sprig of oak in a left oblique slant between the inscription ''FOR HUMANITARIAN SERVICE'' in three horizontal lines, and ''UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES'' in an arc around the base.


Ribbon

The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/16 inch Imperial Purple 67161; 1/16 inch White 67101; 5/16 inch Bluebird 67117; 1/4 inch Flag Blue 67124; 5/16 inch Bluebird; 1/16 inch White; and 3/16 inch Imperial Purple.


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

Components

The following are authorized components of the Humanitarian Service Medal:

a. Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/240. NSN 8455-01-063-4674 for set containing full size medal and ribbon bar.

b. Medal (miniature size): MIL-DTL-3943/240. Available commercially.

c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/233. Available commercially.

d. Lapel Button: MIL-DTL-11484/122. Available commercially.


Background

The Humanitarian Service Medal was established by President Ford per Executive Order 11965, dated 19 January 1977. The order provided for award for participation in a military operation of a humanitarian nature subsequent to 1 April 1975. The policy and award criteria for the Humanitarian Service Medal was established by Department of Defense Directive 1348.25, dated 23 June 1977.

Proposed medals were submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for approval 18 April 1977 and the selected design was approved by OSD on 10 May 1977. The design by Mr. Jay Morris, The Institute of Heraldry, uses the outstretched hand with palm up as the international symbol for aid and assistance. On the reverse, the oak sprig is symbolic of strength imparted through a selfless mission to aid mankind. The color purple in the ribbon stands for self-sacrifice, white for regeneration and blue for universal friendship. In addition, the two shades of blue are the colors used in the flags of OSD.

A bronze star is worn on the ribbon to indicate subsequent awards of the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Designated operations for which the Humanitarian Service Medal may be awarded are listed in DOD Manual 1348.33 (M).






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