extracted from the Army
Institute of Heraldry web site)
Commendation Medal is awarded
to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than
Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6
1941, distinguished himself/herself by heroism, meritorious achievement
or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Armed
of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes
by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service
which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United
Awards may be
made for acts of valor
performed under circumstances described above which are of lesser
than required for award of the Bronze Star Medal. These acts may
aerial flight. An award may be made for acts of noncombatant-related
which do not meet the requirements for an award of the Soldier's Medal
summary sheet, 5 November
1945, WDGAP, Personnel Division recommended that an Army Commendation
of distinctive design be established to recognize meritorious service
an area at a time for which the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded.
recommendation was approved by the Secretary of War and the ribbon was
established by War Department Circular 377, dated 18 December 1945.
circular authorized award to "members of the Armed Forces of the United
States serving in any capacity with the Army for meritorious service
since 7 December 1941, not in sustained operational activities against
an enemy nor in direct support of such operation, i.e., in areas and at
times when the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded because of its
character". Authority to award the Commendation Ribbon was delegated to
Major Generals or commanders of any command, force or installation
commanded by Major Generals.
DF, 29 April 1948, from
the D/PA to the Quartermaster General, the Personnel & Admin.
indicated that the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air
had authorized a medal pendant to be established for the Commendation
and requested that a proposed design be prepared. The design was
by both Secretaries on 8 July 1948. The Medal Pendant for Commendation
Ribbon was announced in Department of the Army (DA) Circular 91 (AF
35-25) dated 20 July 1949. On 20 March 1950, the Secretary of the Navy
approved the Navy Commendation Ribbon, and authorized use of the same
with a different ribbon on 6 April 1950.
General Order No. 10,
dated 31 March 1960, renamed the Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant
to the Army Commendation Medal. President Kennedy, in a memorandum to
Secretary of Defense, dated 1 June 1962, authorized the award of the
Commendation Medal to members of the Armed Forces of friendly foreign
who, after 1 June 1962, distinguished themselves by an act of heroic,
achievement, or meritorious service.
The medal is in
mint condition, and
has a unique 'crimped-slot' brooch. This would date the award to
the early medal strikes just after the United States began using the
brooch method (pre 1950), and where the remaining stock of slot
were being used.