Except for the recipients, many Americans are unaware of what the The National Defense Service Medal stands for. Being it was authorized by Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953, this medal is part of history past but it is still front and center for those who have and do still earn it to this day. Currently, the National Defense Service Medal is the oldest “service medal” in use by the United States Armed Forces.
It is awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the armed forces of the United States including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954, (Korean War), between Jan. 1, 1961 and Aug. 14, 1974, (Vietnam War), between Aug. 2, 1990 to Nov. 30, 1995 (operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), and currently from Sept. 11, 2001 to a date to be determined (terrorism attacks on the United States). Service members who earned the medal during the first qualifying period, and who again became entitled to the medal, wear a bronze star on the ribbon to denote the second (up to a total of three) award of the medal.
The National Defense Service Medal was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The medal was first intended to be a “blanket campaign medal” awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a “national emergency” had been declared during a time of war or conflict. It may also be issued to active military members for any other period that the Secretary of Defense designates.
Even we weren’t aware of this important decoration until our we started receiving requests from our Heroes who, while not serving “on the ground”, were critical support to our troops and our country’s missions. Since we had Vietnam, Desert Storm, OIF and OEF service medal bracelets they inquired if we could try and make something that would resemble their NDSM.
Here’s what we came up with…
We used both our exclusive 275 Tactical cord with Mil Spec 550 paracord to mimic the original medal’s ribbon. The outside edge is 550 Imperial Red and encases 275 Navy, 275 White and a 550 Yellow center. From the comments we’ve received so far we’ve nailed it! I am always proud and humbled to knot these up for those who have bravely served our Country.
We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.~ Winston Churchill