Established on January 22, 1947, the Navy Occupation Service Medal honors members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who carried out occupation service in designated European and Asian regions and waters in the years during and after World War II.
Individuals may not receive both the Army and Navy versions of the award.
Qualifying dates and regions for the Europe Clasp are as follows:
-Austria, between May 8, 1945 and October 25, 1955
-Germany, between May 8, 1945 and May 5, 1955
-Italy, between November 8, 1945 and December 15, 1947
-Trieste, between May 8, 1945 and October 25, 1954
-West Berlin, between May 8, 1945 and October 3, 1990
Qualifying dates and regions for the Asia Clasp are as follows:
-Japanese territories, between September 2, 1945 and April 27, 1952
-Korea and surrounding islands, between September 2, 1945 and April 27, 1952 (service may not count simultaneously for the Korean Service Medal)
The medal features an image of Neptune in profile riding an amphibious horse and bearing a trident as well as an inscription reading “OCCUPATION SERVICE.” The reverse features an inscription reading “FOR SERVICE.” The ribbon is black on the right and red on the left with white edging.