United States Commemorative Medals
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The majority of veterans are not familiar with more than 77 commemorative medals. The tradition of issuing commemorative medals had been existent since the Revolutionary War, or for more than 231 years. Then, as now, they recognize campaigns, service or historical events a veteran participated in or supported.
Commemorative medals have grown in response to World War II veterans who wanted medals to commemorate D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and other special events. It has slowly expanded to cover recent historical military operations.
Several commemorative medals have replaced ribbons such as the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Combat Action Ribbon and one we use often in place of a ribbon: the U.S. Armed Forces Retired Service Commemorative Medal. Take a look and see what you are eligible for.
It is interesting to note that commemoratives are often issued before the government campaign medals have been minted. The two most recent examples being the Liberation of Afghanistan and the Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medals. We know the newest ones may not yet be displayed on this page, however we do have access to them and can place them on your certificate. If you know of any of any other military commemoratives that we do not have listed here please let us know.
Note: We do not sell the actual medals. These are high quality images
for placing on your Certificate of Service.
FOR YOUR CERTIFICATE: We place your govt. issued medals first, and then we add the commemoratives, or you can order a certificate with only commemoratives. Commemoratives have a ribbon for every medal, but not every ribbon has a medal to go with it.
Commemorative Medals For All Services
US Individual Service Commemoratives
Navy Shellback Commemorative
To honor those who have earned the title: Trusty/Honorable Shellback. When a ship crosses the equator there is a Naval tradition former pollywog ever forgets. Those who have been found worthy and inducted into the "mysteries of the deep" by Imperium Neptuni Regis and his Royal court count the experience as a highlight of their military career.
Global War on Terrorism
Persian Gulf Campaign Commemorative
The Persian Gulf War took place from August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991. Codenamed Operation Desert Storm, it was also commonly referred to as the Gulf War. Led by the United States, a coalition force from 34 nations moved against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and takeover of Kuwait. The war was also known under other names, such as the First Gulf War, or the Iraq War before it became identified instead with the 2003 Iraq War, which was codenamed "Operation Iraqi Freedom".
A special decoration of the U.S. Department of Transportation which was first created in 2002 which recognizes those civilians and members of the military who performed heroic deeds and valorous accomplishments in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States of America.
World War II
50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam Commemorative
This medal commemorates the liberation of Guam from the Japanese. At the beginning of WWII, the Japanese had taken Guam from the U.S. Marines. Later in the war the U.S. Marines recaptured the island, and symbolically raised the US Flag over their original damaged barracks.