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About this itemThis enameled U.S. Military Medal, was first established on the 20th of July 1942. It is USA made, with beautiful inlaid features, rich red and white enamel work, and a high quality 18 Karat Gold plated finish. This is the rarer Officer Class version of this decoration, distinguishable from the lower class Legionnaire by the Bronze Officer Class Star attachment to the correct carmine ribbon.
Awarded to both U.S. Officers and foreign Officers from many allied nations, including that from Australia for 'EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS CONDUCT IN PERFORMANCE OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' It was first awarded in the past for GALLANTRY in combat.
This regulation medal is exactly as would be awarded to a recipient of the U.S. military today, fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, this U.S. Government medal is the exact type as currently awarded to U.S. service men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Members of the United States military receive the Legion of Merit medal which is issued without degree. However, when bestowing the Legion of Merit upon members of foreign militaries or governments, the Legion of Merit is issued in the following degrees:
Chief Commander - Chief of State or Head of Government
Commander - Equivalent of a U.S. military Chief of Staff or higher position but not to Chief of State.
Officer Class - General or Flag Officer below the equivalent of a U.S. military Chief of Staff; also a Colonel or equivalent rank for service in assignments equivalent to those normally held by a General or Flag Officer in U.S. military service or Military Attaches.
Legionnaire - All recipients not included above.
The degrees and the design of the decoration were clearly influenced by the French Legion d' Honnuer.
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