Orders, Decorations and Medals of the United States of America

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Links and Other References


Particular thanks are due to Brandon Wiegand and Robin Nicholson, who have sent a massive amount of information and pictures; also Bill Avant, Charles Coates, Ian Chapman, and Darrell S.

Grateful thanks to Dix Noonan Webb and Spinks, who have allowed use of pictures from their catalogues.


The Institute of Heraldry - Decorations and Medals - invaluable details of the appearance of US medals.

Antonio Prieto Barrio - Ribbons of the USA - Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 - Page 6 - Merchant Marine
Civilian Medals: Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 - Page 6 - Page 7 - Page 8 - Page 9 - Page 10 - Page 11 - Page 12

Eric Bush - US Ribbons - a fine selection including many unusual ones from government agencies and individual states.

David Devine - Rusty Knight's Place: U.S.Medals

Lukasz Gaszewski - US Decorations Ribbons Rackbuilder

Jean-Paul LeBlanc - Medals of the United States (Archived July 2014).

Jeremy Newman - Jeremy's Medals: USA

Eric Semon - Décorations des U.S.A.

Mike Smith - United States Medals and Awards

EzRackBuilder - create your ribbon bar, including links to suppliers

Wikipedia - Awards and decorations of the United States Armed Forces

Wikipedia - Awards and Decorations of the National Guard

Foxfall Medals - comprehensive list of the terms of award of ALL US military decorations and medals, regularly updated.

Text References

Barac, B. (2016) Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World: Part 1V Gold Book (P-Z). OBOL, Zagreb

Borch, F.L. (2011) 'The Air Force Medal of Honor: A History of its Origins, Design and Award from 1965 to the Present' Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 62(2): 4-22.

Du Bois, A.E. (1943) 'The Heraldry of Heroism'. National Geographic 84(4):409-444.

Grosvenor, G. (1945) 'Insignia and Decorations of the United States Armed Forces'. National Geographic 87(2):185-186.

Wylie, R.E. (1919) 'The Romance of Military Insignia: How the United States Government Recognizes Deeds of Heroism and Devotion to Duty'. National Geographic 36(6): 463-501.

Wylie, R.E. (1919) 'American Decorations and Insignia of Service' National Geographic 36(6):502-526.

World Medals Index ODM of the USA Text List Ribbons

Page last updated: 18 September 2018