Established on August 7, 1942, the Navy & Marine Corps Medal Ribbon honors Navy and Marine Corps personnel who carry out acts of heroism not typically entailing the risk of life and usually in a circumstance other than combat. It is the second-highest non-combat medal available to Navy and Marine Corps members.
The medal is octagonal and features an eagle perched atop an anchor and over a globe; an inscription reading “HEROISM” appears on the lower portion of the medal. The ribbon is divided into equal sections of dark blue, yellow, and red from right to left.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by gold or silver stars.