Return to Service Medal IndexReturn to Naval Historical Center homepage

Navy Occupation Service Medal

To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in the occupation of the territories of the enemies of the United States during World War II, and subsequent to the surrender of those enemies, the Navy Occupation Service Medal was established and will be awarded to individuals of the above-named services who participated in such occupation according to the requirements of eligibility hereinafter set forth. It is further provided that the Secretary of the Navy may tender this medal to personnel of the Army or other components of the Armed Forces of the United States for services which he may determine to be commensurate and consistent with the service for which the award is made to personnel in the naval service.

The Navy Occupation Service Medal shall not be awarded for any service for which another medal is authorized. Not more than one Navy Occupation Service Medal will be awarded to any individual regardless of whether service has been performed in different areas or places at different interval of time. Appropriate clasps marked "Europe" and "Asia" are authorized to be attached to the ribbon of the medal to denote service in Europe and Asia, respectively. No distinctive device to denote possession of the above clasps is authorized for wearing on the service ribbon.

The obverse (front) of the medal was designed by A.A. Weinman, sculptor of the Mercury dime.

Naval personnel serving 90 consecutive days or more on permanent or temporary duty while assigned or attached to a unit which has been designated by the Chief of Naval Operations as participating in direct support of the Berlin Airlift between 26 June 1948 and 30 September 1949 are eligible for the Navy Occupation Service medal and the Berlin Airlift Device. The Berlin Airlift Device is a gold-colored miniature of a C-54 type aircraft and is to be worn on the service ribbon and suspension ribbon of the Navy Occupation Service Medal with the nose pointing upward at a 30-degree angle and toward the wearer's own right. The device is of three-eighths inch wing span, other dimensions proportionate. (Note: In many cases, individuals eligible for the Berlin Airlift device became eligible for the Medal for Humane Action in lieu of the Navy Occupation Service Medal.) (ALNAV 25 of 22 Jan. 1947; Navy Department General Order No. 255 of 28 Jan. 1948.)

Source: 1953 U.S. Navy Awards Manual

21 June 1998