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National Defense Service Medal
The obverse view of the medal shows the American bald eagle, perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription National Defense.
National Defense Service Medal
Awarded by the Department of Defense
Type Service medal
Eligibility Member of the United States Armed Forces during qualifying periods of national emergency
Awarded for Military service during periods of national emergency or any other periods designated by the Secretary of Defense.
Campaign(s) Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Global War on Terrorism
Status Active
Description Obverse: Shows a North American bald eagle, perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription "National Defense".
Reverse: Shows a shield, taken from the coat of arms of the United States; it is half encircled below with an open wreath, the right side of oak leaves and laurel leaves the left.
Ribbon: The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by narrow stripes of red, white, blue, white and wide red stripes.
Clasps Service star for subsequent awards
Established Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953 (as amended by E.O. 11265, January 11, 1966; E.O. 12776, October 8, 1991; E.O. 13293, March 28, 2003.
First awarded April 22, 1953 – July 27, 1954 (retroactive to June 27, 1950)
Last awarded March 28, 2003 – present (retroactive to September 11, 2001)
Next (higher) Army: Army of Occupation Medal
Air Force: Medal for Humane Action
Navy: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Marine Corps: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Coast Guard: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Next (lower) Korean Service Medal
Related Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
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The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) is a service award of the United States Armed Forces created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. It is awarded to every member of the US Armed Forces.

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