European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Authorized on November 6, 1942, as amended on March 15, 1946. Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 30 days of consecutive (60 days nonconsecutive) service within the European Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941 and November 8, 1945 (lesser periods qualify if individual was in actual combat against the enemy during this period).
The front of the bronze medal shows a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) unloading troops while under fire with an airplane overhead. The reverse has the American eagle, symbol of power, standing on a rock, symbol of stability, with the inscription, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and dates, “1941-1945.”
Designated Navy and Marine Corps campaigns for the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal are as follows:
Reinforcement of Malta, 1942 North African Occupation, 1942-1943
Sicilian Occupation, 1943 Salerno Landings, 1943
West Coast of Italy Operations, 1944 Invasion of Normandy, 1944
Northeast Greenland Operation, 1944, Invasion of Southern France, 1944
Escort, antisubmarine, Armed Guard special operations, 1941-1944
The ribbon’s central blue, white and red stripes represent the United States. The wide green stripes represent the green fields of Europe, the brown edges represent the African desert sands, the thin green, white, and red stripes represent Italy and the thin black and white stripes represent Germany.