The South Carolina National Guard Palmetto Cross Medal honors South Carolina National Guard members or civilians who carry out an act of heroism to save another individual’s life, typically entailing the risk of their own.
The South Carolina National Guard is composed of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the South Carolina Air National Guard; it numbers approximately 10,000 soldiers and airmen in total. The Army component is based in Columbia and traces back to colonial militia activity in 1670. The Air component, also based in Columbia, originated in December of 1946 with the formation of the 157th Fighter Squadron.
The ribbon is dark blue with the image of a palmetto tree and crescent moon in white in the center.