Navy Expeditionary Medal
In August of 1936 the Department of the Navy added the Navy Expeditionary Medal to the prestigious list of US military medals. These medals of America were issued by an Order of the Department of the Navy. These Navy military ribbons and medals are awarded to both officers and enlisted men of the Navy who have landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed enemies in a manner deemed to merit special recognition and for which no other campaign medal has been awarded. Since 1961 some Navy commands have permitted service members to choose between receiving these Navy medals and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, though both these military medals may not be bestowed for the same action. The Navy Expeditionary Medal is worn in the position directly below the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon and directly above the China Service Medal in the general order of precedence which was established to govern the placement of all military ribbons and medals intended for official display on uniforms of Navy personnel. Additional awards are denoted by gold and silver Service Stars.