Campaign and Service Medals

This list of VFW membership qualifying campaign and service medals was updated using the VFW Service Officers Guide - 2003 (29th Edition).

Campaign Medal

Military Service

Period During Which Issued

Expeditionary

Navy

12 Feb. 1874-Indeterminate

Spanish Campaign

Army
Navy

11 May 1898 to 16 Aug. 1898
20 April 1898 to 10 Dec. 1898

Army Of Cuban Occupation

Army

18 July 1898 to 20 May 1902

Army of Puerto Rican Occupation

Army

14 Aug. 1898 to 10 Dec. 1898

Philippine Campaign

Army
Navy

4 Feb. 1899 to 31 Dec. 1913
4 Feb. 1899 to 15 Sept. 1906

China Campaign

Army

20 June 1900 to 27 May 1901

China Relief Expedition

Navy

5 April 1900 to 27 May 1901

Army of Cuban Pacification

Army

6 Oct. 1906 to 1 April 1909

Cuban Pacification

Navy

12 Sept. 1906 to 1 April 1909

Mexican Service

Army
Navy

12 April 1911 to 16 June 1919
12 April 1914 to 7 Feb. 1917

First Nicaraguan Campaign

Navy

29 July 1912 to 14 Nov. 1912

Haitian Campaign

Navy

9 July 1915 to 6 Dec. 1915
1 April 1919 to 15 June 1920

Dominican Campaign

Navy

4 May 1916 to 5 Dec. 1916

World War I Victory
(with Battle of Service clasp
including Siberia and
European Russia)

Army
Navy

6 April 1917 to 1 April 1920
6 April 1917 to 30 Mar. 1920

Army of Occupation of Germany

Army

12 Nov. 1918 to 11 July 1923

Second Nicaraguan Campaign

Navy

27 Aug. 1926 to 2 Jan. 1933

Yangtze Service

Navy

3 Sept. 1926 to 21 Oct. 1927
1 Mar. 1930 to 31 Dec. 1932

China Service

Navy

7 July 1937 to 7 Sept. 1939
2 Sept. 1945 to 1 April 1957

American Defense Service
(with Foreign Service clasp)

Army
Navy

8 Sept. 1939 to 7 Dec. 1941

American Campaign
(30 consecutive days or 60 days nonconsecutive duty outside continental
limits of United States

Army
Navy

7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign

Army
Navy

7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign

Army
Navy

7 Dec. 1941 to 8 Nov. 1945

Army of Occupation (30 consecutive days)
Italy
Germany (except West Berlin)
Germany (West Berlin)
Austria
Korea
Japan

Army
Navy
Air Force

9 May 1945 to 15 Sept. 1947
9 May 1945 to 5 May 1955
9 may 1945 to 2 Oct. 1990
9 May 1945 to 27 July 1955
3 Sept. 1945 to 29 June 1949
3 Sept. 1945 to 27 April 1952

Navy Occupation Service Medal
Italy
Trieste
Germany (except West Berlin)
Austria
Asiatic Pacific

Army
Navy
Air Force

8 May 1945 to 15 Dec. 1947
8 May 1945 to 26 Oct. 1954
8 May 1945 to 5 May 1955
8 May 1945 to 25 Oct. 1955
2 Sept. 1945 to 27 April 1952

Korean Service Medal

Army
Navy
Air Force

27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Berlin

14 Aug. 1961 to 1 June 1963

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Lebanon

1 July 1958 to 1 Nov. 1958

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Quemoy & Matsu Islands

23 Aug. 1958 to 1 June 1963

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Taiwan Straits

23 Aug. 1958 to 1 Jan. 1959

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Congo

14 July 1960 to 1 Sept. 1962
23-27 Nov. 1964

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Laos

19 April 1961 to 7 Oct. 1962

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Vietnam

1 July 1958 to 3 July 1965

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Cuba

24 Oct. 1962 to 1 June 1963

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Dominican Republic

28 April 1965 to 21 Sept. 1966

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Korea

1 Oct. 1966 to 30 June 1974

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Cambodia

29 Mar. 1973 to 15 Aug. 1973

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Thailand (direct support of Cambodia operations)

29 Mar. 1973 to 15 Aug. 1973

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Evacuation of Cambodia

11-13 April 1975

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Evacuation of Vietnam

29-30 April 1975

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Mayaguez Operation

15 May 1975

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Grenada Operation

23 Oct. 1983 to 21 Nov. 1983

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Lebanon

6 June 1983 to 1 Dec. 1987

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Libyan Operation - El Dorado Canyon

12-17 April 1986

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Persian Gulf - Operation Earnest Will

24 July 1987 to 2 Aug. 1990

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Panama - Operation Just Cause

20 Dec. 1989 to 31 Jan. 1990

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Somalia - Operation Restore Hope

5 Dec. 1992 to  May 1995

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Haiti - Operation Uphold Democracy

16 Sept. 1994 to 31 Mar. 1995

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

Operation Southern Watch (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Arabian Gulf, Red Sea)

1 Dec, 1995 - Indeterminate

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 

El Savador  

1 Jan. 1981 to 1 Feb. 1992  

Operation Joint Endeavor 

Bosnia

20 Nov. 1995 to 19 Dec. 1996

Operation Joint Guard

Bosnia

20 Dec. 1996 to Indeterminate

Operation Vigilant Sentinel

Persian Gulf

1 Dec. 1995 to 15 Feb. 1997

Operation Northern Watch

Iraq

1 Jan. 1997 to Indeterminate 

Maritime Intercept Operations

Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman W of 62 E. Long., Behrain, Qatar, UAE, Yeman, Egypt, & Jordan

 

1 Dec. 1995 to Indeterminate 

 

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Thailand Military Operation

16 May 1962 to 10 Aug. 1962

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Cuban Military Operation

3 Jan. 1961 to 23 Oct. 1962

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Iranian, Yemen and Indian Ocean Operations

8 Dec. 1978 to 6 June 1979

21 Nov. 1979 to 20 Oct. 1981

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Lebanon

20 Aug. 1982 to 31 Dec. 1983

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Libyan Expedition

20 Jan. 1986 to 27 June 1986

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Persian Gulf

1 Feb. 1987 to 23 July 1987

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Panama (pre- and post-invasion)

1 Apr. 1988 to 19 Dec. 1989

1 Feb. 1990 to 13 June 1990

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Liberia (Operation Sharp Edge)

5 Aug. 1990 to 21 Feb. 1991

Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Rwanda (Operation Distant Runner)
(11th Marine Expeditionary Unit USS Peleliu)

7-18 Apr. 1994

Vietnam Service Medal

Armed Forces

4 July 1965 to 28 Mar. 1973

Southwest Asia Service Medal
(Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm)
Combat areas of operation only
Personnel assigned to support units Serving in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Jordan

Armed Forces

2 Aug. l990 to 30 Nov. 1995
17 Jan. 1991 to 11 April 1991

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Operation Allied Force - Kosovo Air Campaign 

24 Mar. 1999 to 10 June 1999

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Kosovo Defense Campaign - Ground Action

11 June 1999 - Indeterminate

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Personnel assigned to support units in Israel, Eqypt, Turkey, Syria, and Jordan

17 Jan. 1991 to 30 Nov. 1995

Combat Action Ribbon

Armed Forces

1 Mar. 1961 - Indeterminate

Combat Infantry Badge & Combat Medical Badge

Armed Forces

6 Dec. 1941 - Indeterminate

Service on the Korean Peninsula or in its territorial waters for thirty (30) consecutive or sixty (60) nonconsecutive days.

Armed Forces

30 June 1949 - Indeterminate

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