Air Medal

Established on May 11, 1942. The Air Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, subsequent to September 8, 1939, shall have distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. It was given for combat or non-combat action, and conferred in recognition of single acts of heroism or merit for operational activities against an armed enemy. Additionally, it is given for meritorious services, or for sustained distinction in the performance of duties involving regular and frequent participation in aerial flight.

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