1. Description: Army - The bronze medal
is 1 ¼ inches in width. On the obverse, the Remagen Bridge abutments below the words
"ARMY OF OCCUPATION". On the reverse, Fujiyama with a low hanging cloud over two
Japanese junks above a wave scroll and the date "1945". A Bronze clasp 1/8 inch
wide and 1 ½ inches in length with the word "GERMANY" or "JAPAN" is
worn on the suspension ribbon to indicate service in Europe or the Far East. NAVY:
On the obverse is Neptune mounted on a composite creature of a charging horse and a sea
serpent with a trident grasped in right hand above wave scrolls. Around the bottom of the
medal are the words "OCCUPATION SERVICE". The reverse is the same as the China
Service Medal and is an eagle perched on the shank of a horizontal anchor with a branch of
laurel entwined around the anchor. On the left is the word "FOR" and to the
right is the word "SERVICE" and around the top is the inscription "UNITED
STATES NAVY". MARINE CORPS: The medal for the Marine Corps is the same as the
Navy, except the inscription around the top of the reverse is "UNITED STATES MARINE
2. Ribbon: The ribbon
is the same for both medals and is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following
stripes: 3/16 inch White 67101; ½ inch Black 67138; ½ inch Scarlet 67111; and 3/16 inch
3. Criteria: The medal
was awarded for 30 days consecutive service while assigned to:
a. Germany (excluding Berlin) between 9 May 1945 and 5 May 1955. Service between 9
May and 8 November 1945 will count only if the EAME Campaign Medal was awarded for service
prior to 9 May 1945.
b. Austria between 9 May 1945 and 27 July 1955. Service between 9 May and 18 November 1945
will count only if the EAME Campaign Medal was awarded for service prior to 9 May 1945.
Berlin between 9 May 1945 and 2 October 1990. Service between 9 May and 8 November 1945
may be counted only if the EAME Campaign Medal was awarded for service prior to 9 May
d. Italy between 9 May 1945 and 15 September 1947 in the compartment of Venezia
Giulia E. Zara or Province of Udine, or with a unit in Italy designated in DA General
Order 4, 1947. Service between 9 May and 8 November 1945 may be counted only if the EAME
Campaign Medal was awarded for service prior to 9 May 1945.
e. Japan between 3 September 1945 and 27 April 1952 in the four main islands of
Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu; the surrounding smaller islands of the Japanese
homeland; the Ryukyu Islands; and the Bonin-Volcano Islands. Service between 3 September
1945 and 2 March 1946 will be counted only if the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was
awarded for service prior to 3 September 1945.
f. Korea between 3 September 1945 and 29 June 1949. Service between 3 September 1945
and 2 March 1946 will be counted only if the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded
for service prior to 3 September 1945.
4. Components: The
following are authorized components:
a. Army Medal
(regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/246. Medal set with full size medal and ribbon bar. NSN
b. Army Medal
(miniature): MIL-DTL-3943/246. Available commercially.
MIL-DTL-11589/112. NSN 8455-00-265-4910. Available commercially.
Service Clasp: MIL-DTL-41819/9: Germany - NSN 8455-00-249-0171; Japan - NSN
e. Berlin Airlift
Device: MIL-DTL-41819/13. Regular and miniature sizes. NSN 8455-00-261-4504.
b. The medal was
designed by Mr. Thomas Hudson Jones and the first medal was presented to General
Eisenhower on 2 April 1947. The ribbon design uses the color black to represent Germany
and the color red to represent Japan.
c. On 4 February
1948, the Secretary of the Navy requested the Heraldic Section, Department of the Army,
design a suitable Navy Occupation Service Medal. This medal was designed by Mr. Thomas
Hudson Jones on 30 March 1948.
d. The service
clasp is worn on the suspension ribbon to indicate area of occupation. The Berlin Airlift
Device is a miniature of a C-54 type aircraft and is worn on the suspension ribbon and
service ribbon to indicate 90 days consecutive service between 26 June 1948 and 30