Established on November 6, 1942, the American Campaign Medal honors members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps who carried out service in designated areas during and following World War II, between the dates of December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.
Below are the requisite conditions for the award:
-Service within the continental United States for a period of one year cumulatively
-Service outside the continental United States under passenger/temporary status for a period of 30 days consecutively or 60 days nonconsecutively
-Active combat against hostile forces with corroboration from a unit commander
-Permanent assignment outside of the continental United States
-Permanent assignment as flight personnel with frequent service over an ocean area for a period of 30 days consecutively or 60 days nonconsecutively
The medal is bronze and features the image or a sinking submarine beneath an airplane in flight and a cruiser on the water. Text on the upper portion of the medal reads “AMERICAN CAMPAIGN.” The ribbon is light blue and is bisected by thin vertical stripes of blue, white, and red. Toward the edge of the ribbon on each side is a series of thin vertical stripes in white, red, black, and white proceeding outward.
The award may be issued with a bronze service star for those who were credited for battle in the Antisubmarine Campaign.