The United States of America: American Defence Service Medal

Ribbon: Yellow with narrow red, white and blue edge stripes.

Instituted: 28 June 1941.

Awarded: For service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine Corps members were eligible based on any length of service.

Obverse Reverse
FLEET - service on the high seas BASE - service on shore at bases/naval stations outside the United States (this included Alaska/Hawaii) SEA - service afloat rendered by Coast Guards which did not qualify for the FLEET bar
FOREIGN SERVICE - service outside the continental US by Army personnel
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