The first and only comprehensive examination of all decorations and medals that may be awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel for heroism, achievement and service. Features never-before-published historical information on the background and development of each medal, while also providing in-depth discussion of award criteria, design and recipients.
Decorations examined include combat heroism awards such as the Navy Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and Silver Star. Non-combat heroism awards such as the Navy-Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal are also discussed. All decorations and medals for achievement and service also are examined, ranging from the Navy and Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal to the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Fifty full-colour photographs of sea service awards, many of which have never been published, provide context for this unique history. The authors, both of whom retired from the Armed Forces, are experts in the history of US awards and decorations.
Fred L. Borch served 25 years active duty as an Army lawyer and retired in 2005. A professionally trained historian (M.A., Univ. of Virginia), he now serves as the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is the author and co-author of many books and articles on military medals, including The Air Force Cross, The Purple Heart, The Silver Star and Kimmel, Short and Pearl Harbor. He lives in Charlottesville, VA. Charles P. McDowell has written numerous articles and books on medals and decorations and has served as a resource to several Federal organizations, including the Navy Memorial Museum, the Army's Institute of Heraldry, and to the awards branches of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. McDowell is a retired Air Force Reserve officer and is also retired from the Department of Defense