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Campaign medal

 

Campaign medal

A campaign medal is a military decoration which is awarded to a member of the military who serves in a designated military operation or performs duty in a geographical theater. Campaign medals are very similar to service medals but carry a higher status as the award usually involves deployment to a foreign region or service in a combat zone.

History

Campaign medals were first invented to recognize general military service in war, in contrast to meritorious decorations which were only issued on a small scale for acts of heroism and bravery. The first widespread use of campaign medals dates to the era of the Napoleonic Wars when Napoleon Bonaparte ordered a large number of ribbons and medals for issue to the soldiers serving under his command.

Campaign medals by country

Other campaign related items

Campaign Medals now include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in recognition of the military members who served in Afghanistan in direct suppor of Operation Enduring Freedom. This Medal was approved by the President of the United States under Public Law 108-234.

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