Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

China Service Medal


(1) To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps during operations in China from 7 July 1937 to 7 September 1939, a service medal to be known as the "China Service Medal" will be issued to the officers and enlisted men who participated in these operations. 

(2) The award will be made to the officers and enlisted men of the Navy and Marine Corps who served on shore in China during the period from 7 July 1937 to 7 September 1939, and to the officers and enlisted men who were attached to and serving on board any of the vessels mentioned in the following list between the dates appearing below each vessel. 

(3) No person is entitled to more than one medal for service during these operations. (Navy Department General Order No. 176 of 1 July 1942.) 

CHINA SERVICE MEDAL (EXTENDED) 

1. The commemorative purposes for which the China Service Medal was established and authorized by General Order No. 176, dated 1 July 1942, are extended to include the services performed by personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard during the operations in China subsequent to 2 September 1945, and until a terminal date to be designated. 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 service which he may determine to be commensurate to and consistent with the services for which the award is made to personnel in the naval service, and this provision for tender shall apply for all periods of time for which award of this medal is authorized. 

2. The medal will be awarded to individual who shall have been attached to, present, and serving on permanent duty with an organization of the naval service of the United States credited by the Secretary of the Navy with having participated in operations in China. Service in a passenger status, or as an observer, visitor, courier, escort, inspector or other similar status when not permanently attached to an eligible unit, is not creditable toward eligibility for the above medal. Services performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between 3 September 1945 and 2 March 1946, inclusive, shall not be credited toward individual eligibility for the China Service Medal unless the individual is already eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for services performed prior to 2 September 1945. 

3. Organizations will, consistent with the above dates, be credited with qualifying service for services performed on shore in China and such adjacent islands and territories as are recognized to be Chinese, or in ships operating in such territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas, or in aircraft based upon and operating from such territories or ships. 

4. The China Service Medal shall not be awarded for any service for which another service medal is authorized except as provided in paragraph 2 above and not more than one medal shall be awarded to any individual. No clasps, distinguishing devices, or other insignia are authorized to be worn on the corresponding service ribbon except that individuals to whom the medal has been or may be awarded for service performed under General Order No. 176, of 1 July 1942, shall upon becoming eligible for this award for service performed subsequent to 2 September 1945, wear a bronze star signifying the second award on the ribbon of the medal and on the service ribbon. 

5. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as altering or otherwise affecting the condition for which the China Service Medal was awarded by General Order No. 176, of 1 July 1942, except as providing for tender to other services as provided in Paragraph 1 above (ALNAV 25 of 22 Jan. 1947; Navy Department General Order No. 255 of 28 Jan. 1948.) 

Source: 1953 U.S. Navy Awards Manual

(FIRST ELIGIBILITY PERIOD. Extended period to be added.) Alden............07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37 03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37 18 Jul 38-37 Sep 38 30 Jan 39-27 Feb 39 06 Jun 38-08 Aug 38 Asheville........07 Jul 38-28 Dec 38 24 Mar 38-04 Feb 39 06 Apr 39-17 Jul 39 Augusta..........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37 03 Aug 37-06 Jan 38 20 Jan 38-22 Jan 38 08 Apr 38-28 Dec 38 22 Apr 39-07 Sep 39 Barker...........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37 03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37 09 Feb 38-28 Feb 38 18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38 26 Feb 39-03 Apr 39 06 Jun 39-14 Aug 39 Bittern..........07 Jul 37-04 Oct 37 06 May 39-15 May 39 08 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Blackhawk........07 Jul 37-18 Nov 37 04 Apr 38-06 Apr 38 18 Jul 38-28 Sep 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Bridge...........08 Nov 37-09 Mar 38 Bulmer...........07 Jul 37-10 Nov 37 26 Nov 37-18 Dec 37 08 Apr 38-06 Aug 38 03 Apr 39-04 Sep 39 Canopus..........07 Jul 37-21 Sep 37 03 Oct 37-06 Oct 37 19 Oct 37-25 Oct 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 11 May 39-12 Aug 39 Chaumont.........07 Jul 37-19 Jul 37 18 Sep 37-04 Oct 37 17 Oct 37-23 Oct 37 06 Nov 37-13 Nov 37 11 Feb 38-18 Feb 38 29 Oct 38-19 Nov 38 15 May 39-06 Jun 39 22 Aug 39-07 Sep 39 Edsall...........07 Jul 37-28 Oct 37 10 Nov 37-18 Dec 37 24 Mar 38-12 Jul 38 03 Apr 39-04 Sep 39 Edwards, John D..07 Jul 37-18 Nov 37 18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38 30 Jan 39-26 Feb 39 06 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Finch............07 Jul 37-04 Dec 37 10 Jul 38-06 Sep 38 06 May 39-15 May 39 18 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Ford, John D.....07 Jul 37-19 Nov 37 15 Jan 38-03 Feb 38 17 Feb 38-24 Feb 38 15 Jul 38-15 Sep 38 02 Nov 38-15 Dec 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Gold Star........26 Aug 37-07 Sep 37 22 Sep 37-28 Sep 37 27 Nov 37-01 Dec 37 11 Feb 38-14 Feb 38 26 Sep 38-11 Oct 38 25 Nov 38-29 Nov 38 10 Feb 39-27 Feb 39 05 May 39-19 May 39 18 Jul 39-01 Aug 39 Guam.............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39 Henderson........24 Oct 37-14 Nov 37 02 May 38-23 May 38 30 Dec 38-20 Jan 39 02 Jul 39-25 Jul 39 Heron............07 Jul 37-04 Oct 37 15 Sep 38-22 Sep 38 27 Jul 39-03 Aug 39 Isabel...........07 Jul 37-29 Oct 37 05 Jan 38-07 Sep 38 Jones, Paul......07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37 26 Sep 37-19 Nov 37 12 Aug 38-27 Sep 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Luzon............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39 Marblehead.......19 Sep 37-16 Feb 38 14 May 38-07 Aug 38 Marblehead.......22 Aug 38-27 Sep 38 09 Apr 39-07 Sep 39 Mindanao.........07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39 Monocacy.........07 Jul 37-31 Jan 39 Oahu.............07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39 Panay............07 Jul 37-12 Dec 37 Parrott..........07 Jul 37-18 Dec 37 12 Mar 38-25 Mar 38 14 Sep 38-28 Sep 38 03 Jun 39-04 Sep 39 Peary............16 Aug 37-17 Nov 37 15 Dec 37-24 Dec 37 06 Jan 38-25 Jan 38 08 Feb 38-27 Feb 38 15 Jul 38-14 Oct 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Pecos............19 Aug 37-04 Oct 37 16 Jul 38-31 Jul 38 23 Aug 38-28 Sep 38 31 May 39-07 Sep 39 Pigeon...........07 Jul 37-19 Sep 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 02 May 39-11 May 39 30 Jul 39-07 Sep 39 Pillsbury........07 Jul 37-17 Nov 37 31 Dec 37-06 Jan 38 20 Jan 38-02 Feb 38 16 Jul 38-11 Nov 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Pope.............07 Jul 37-17 Nov 37 15 Dec 37-17 Jan 38 31 Jan 38-01 Mar 38 15 Jul 38-20 Sep 38 15 Nov 38-16 Dec 38 05 Jun 39-07 Sep 39 Ramapo...........01 Aug 37-15 Aug 37 21 Oct 37-25 Oct 37 Ramapo...........28 Mar 39-05 Apr 39 03 Jul 39-14 Jul 39 S-36.............07 Jul 37-19 Sep 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 25 Mar 39-07 Sep 39 S-37.............07 Jul 37-25 Aug 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 19 Jul 39-07 Sep 39 S-38.............07 Jul 37-21 Jul 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 02 May 39-07 Sep 39 S-39.............07 Jul 38-21 Jul 38 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 04 Jul 39-07 Sep 39 S-40.............07 Jul 37-21 Jul 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 25 May 39-07 Sep 39 S-41.............07 Jul 37-25 Aug 37 13 Oct 38-29 Oct 38 04 Jul 39-07 Sep 39 Sacramento.......07 Jul 37-26 Sep 37 05 Oct 37-27 Mar 38 03 Jun 38-02 Jan 39 Stewart..........07 Jul 37-17 Oct 37 30 Oct 37-18 Dec 37 24 Feb 38-07 Apr 38 03 Jun 39-04 Sep 39 Trinity..........28 Aug 39-07 Sep 39 Tulsa............07 Jul 37-13 Jul 38 17 Sep 38-04 Feb 39 06 Apr 39-07 Sep 39 Tutuila..........07 Jul 37-07 Sep 39 Whipple..........07 Jul 37-24 Jul 37 03 Aug 37-18 Nov 37 18 Jul 38-27 Sep 38 26 Feb 39-03 Apr 39 06 Jun 39-07 Sep 39

21 February 1999

Published: Mon May 01 12:32:53 EDT 2017