Navy Commendation Medal
Authorized on January 11, 1944. Originally created as a ribbon
called the Navy Commendation Ribbon, it was the first of the commendation awards. Awarded
to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, or other members of the Armed Forces serving with
these branches, who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or
meritorious service. This is a personal decoration, which has often been awarded for Life
Saving, in place of the medals originally created for that purpose.
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The descriptive text for this award was excerpted
from "American Medals and Decorations" by Evans Kerrigan. (Quintet Publishing
Limited, Mallard Press, New York, N.Y., 1990, ISBN 0-792-45082-5) with special thanks to
the Naval Helicopter Association
for publishing this information on the web.