Sea Service Awards

The following display represents the correct order of precedence for ribbons most likely to be worn today on the USN, USMC, or USCG uniform. Devices on these ribbons must be worn in a specific manner and are used to denote additional awards or participation in a specific event. For additional information about the proper order of display, placement of devices, or about ribbons not shown, refer to SECNAVINST 1650.1(series) and U.S. Navy Uniform Regulation - NAVPERS 1566.5(series).

The descriptive text for these awards were excerpted from American_Medals_and_Decorations by Evans Kerrigan. (Quintet Publishing Limited, Mallard Press, New York, N.Y., 1990, ISBN 0-792-45082-5).
These documents were obtained and used with permission from The Naval Helicopter Association.    You will enjoy a visit to the NHA's excellent web site, recognized as one of the best aviation sites on the Internet.

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By Precedence

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Coast Guard Medal
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Commandant Letter of Commendation
Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon
Gold Lifesaving Medal
Silver Lifesaving Medal
Prisoner of War (POW) Medal
Navy Good Conduct Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal
Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal
Navy Fleet Marine Force Service Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Marine Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Antarctic Service Medal
Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal 
Humanitarian Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Coast Guard Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Naval Arctic Service Ribbon
Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon
Coast Guard Restricted Duty
Coast Guard Basic Training Honor Graduate Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
United Nations Service Medal
United Nations Medal
Multi-National Forces and Observer Medal
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Medal
Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal

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