National Defense Service Medal

The National Defense Service Medal was awarded to for honorable active military serviceas a member of the United States Armed Forces, including Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954 (Korean War Period) and between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974 (Vietnam War Period) as well during Desert Shield/Storm.

This decoration was authorized in April 1953.