The following is not a complete list of awards presented for military service. It only comprises those that we have confirmed were earned by at least one of Adams County Gold Star Veterans. For a complete list of U.S. Military service awards and ribbons click here.

MEDALS AND RIBBONS PRESENTED FOR SERVICE

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WWII Victory Medal. Awarded to all who served in the armed forces between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.

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American Defense Service Medal. Awarded to recognized members of the armed forces who served on active duty between September 8, 1939 and December 7, 1941.

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American Campaign Medal. Awarded for service within the American theatre between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.

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European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Awarded to any member of the armed forces who served in the European, African, or Middle-Eastern Theatre between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Awarded to any member of the armed forces who served in the Pacific Theatre between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.




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Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. To qualify personnel must have engaged in a landing on foreign territory, or participated in combat operations against an opposing force.

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Navy Expeditionary Medal. Presented to Navy Personnel who have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition.

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Army Good Conduct Medal. Presented to U.S. Army Personnel for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal Military service.

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Philipine Defense Ribbon. Presented to any service member, of either the Philippine military or an allied armed force, which participated in the defense of the Philippine Islands between December 8, 1941 and June 15, 1942.

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Philippine Liberation Medal. Presented to any service member, of both Philippine Commonwealth and allied militaries, who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates of October 17, 1944 and September 2, 1945.


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Medal of a Liberated France. Presented to soldiers of the allied armies who participated in war operations on the soil of Metropolitan France or soil under French mandate between 3 September 1939 and 20 August 1945.

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Prisoner of War Medal. Awarded to any person who was taken prisoner or held captive while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.






MEDALS AND RIBBONS PRESENTED FOR MERIT

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Purple Heart. Awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in combat.

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Air Medal. Presented to anyone who distinguishes themselves by meritorious achievement while participating in flight.






MEDALS AND RIBBONS PRESENTED FOR HEROISM


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Distinguished Flying Cross. Presented for support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.

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Bronze Star. Awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone.