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   Commendation Medal - Coast Guard
Service: Coast Guard
Instituted: 1947
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Commendation Medal - Coast Guard
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  1. Authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury, August 26, 1947--originally known as “Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant.” Redesignated as the “Coast Guard Commendation Medal” by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, October 2, 1959.
  2. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, serving in any capacity with the U.S. Coast Guard, for meritorious service resulting in unusual and outstanding achievement rendered while the U.S. Coast Guard is serving under Department of Transportation jurisdiction.
  3. The Coast Guard authorizes letter the “V” device.

  1. Authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury on August 26, 1947, it was originally only a ribbon bar. The first medal pendant was created July 5, 1951, and on October 2, 1959, it was re-designated the Coast Guard Commendation Medal. The current design was approved by the Commandant of the Coast Guard on June 11, 1968. Awarded to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, and to other members of the United States Armed Forces serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service above that normally expected and worthy of special recognition.