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This decoration authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 on February 4, 1944, is awarded a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after December 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. Illustration by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x6 inches @200 ppi.
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The Airman's Medal is unique in that its shape does not follow the octagonal shape of its counterparts
the Soldier's Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Coast Guard Medal. It had been established practice heretofore to design military decorations with a distinctive shape
so that they would not be confused at a distance with service or campaign medals
which are always circular in shape. The reason for this is because the design was originally approved for use as The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.