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Navy Expeditionary Medal


Obverse: In the center of a bronze medallion, 1-1/4 inches in diameter, a sailor is shown beaching a boat containing three men in uniform, one of whom is carrying a rifle. At the rear of the boat is an American flag. In the upper quarter of the medal, and following the contour of its rim, is the word “EXPEDITIONS.”

Reverse: In the center of a bronze medallion, an eagle is shown alight upon an anchor; the eagle is facing to the left, and the flukes of the anchor are to the right side of the medallion. The eagle is grasping sprigs of laurel which extend beyond the anchor in both directions. Above the eagle are the words “UNITED STATES NAVY.” Above the laurel on the left is the word “FOR,” and over the laurel on the right is the word “SERVICE.”

The ribbon is 1-3/8 inches wide and consists of an ultramarine blue background with a wide star yellow stripe inside each edge. These colors were selected because they are the colors of the U.S. Navy.

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

The Navy Expeditionary Medal was established by General Orders of the Department of the Navy on August 15, 1936. It has been awarded retroactively for qualifying service from February 12, 1874. The medal is awarded to Navy personnel who have landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition or who have operated under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition and for which no campaign medal has been awarded. The Navy Expeditionary Medal is one of the few Navy awards which is not concurrently bestowed to the U.S. Marine Corps, as Marine Corps personnel are eligible for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal as an equivalent award.

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