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   Antarctica Service Medal
Service: All and Civilain
Instituted: 1960
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Antarctica Service Medal
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Devices
Description:
  1. Authorized by DoD Instruction 1348.9
  2. Awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States, U.S. citizen, or resident alien of the United States who, after January 1, 1946, to a date to be announced, served on the Antarctic continent, or in support of U.S. operations there.
  3. Personnel who remain on the Antarctic continent during the winter months shall be eligible to wear the “Wintered Over” clasp and disk. That clasp shall be worn on the suspension ribbon of the medal, and the disk shall be worn on the bar ribbon. In each instance those devices shall be awarded in
  • bronze for the first winter
  • gold for the second winter, and
  • silver for three or more winters.


Background:
  1. Authorized by Congress on July 7, 1960 for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, citizens or resident aliens of the United States who, after January 1, 1946, served on the Antarctic continent or in support of US operations there. A clasp and disk were created, and worn as a frame on the ribbon, to indicate that the individual had remained and "Wintered Over" during the harsh Antarctic winter months.
  2. The first recipients of this award were members of the U.S Navy operation "High Jump" under the late Admiral R.E. Byrd in 1946 and 1947. Deserving civilians including scientists and polar experts can also be awarded this medal.
  3. The ribbon has a white center stripe flanked by progressively darker shades of blue, with black at the edges.