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   Commendation Medal - Navy and Marine Corps
Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Instituted: 1944
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Commendation Medal - Navy and Marine Corps
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Devices
Description:
  1. Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, January 11, 1944--originally known as the “Navy Commendation Ribbon.” On March 22, 1950, the Secretary of the Navy established the metal pendant for that award. On August 11, 1960, the Secretary of the Navy changed the name of the award to the “Navy Commendation Medal” and on August 19, 1994, he changed the name of the award to the “Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. ”
  2. Awarded to persons who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps (including foreign military personnel and members of U.S. Reserve components on active or in inactive duty), distinguish themselves after December 6, 1941, by heroic or meritorious achievement or service.
  3. The Navy and the Marine Corps authorize the letter “V” device.