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Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal


Obverse: In the center of a bronze hexagon, 1-3/8 inches wide, there is an eagle with horizontally displayed wings bearing on its breast a shield paly of thirteen pieces and a chief. The eagle holds three arrows in its talons. The eagle is taken from the Seal of the Department of Defense, and the shield on the eagle's breast is from the Great Seal of the United States.

Reverse: In the center of the bronze hexagon, there is a plaque for engraving the recipient's name. Above the plaque, in two lines, the inscription in raised letters, “FOR MILITARY,” and below the plaque, “MERIT.” Below the word MERIT, there is a spray of laurel, representing achievement.

The ribbon consists of a field of myrtle green with a white stripe one quarter inch wide situated one-eighth of an inch inside each edge of the ribbon.

See SECNAV INSTRUCTION 1650.1H (Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual).

The Navy Commendation Ribbon was established in November 1943, designated as the Navy Commendation Medal in September 1960, and renamed the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 1994. It is awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service.

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