American Campaign Medal

American Campaign Medal

Established on November 6, 1942 the American Campaign Medal was awarded for service within the American Theater between December 7, 1941 & March 2, 1946. During that period it was only issued as a “service ribbon” and was only made as a “full sized medal” in 1947

To earn the American Campaign Medal you needed to be a “service member required to perform 1 year of duty (cumulative) within the continental borders of the United States, or perform a 30 day consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days of duty outside the borders of the United States BUT within the American Theater of Operations.
The American Theater was defines as the entirety of the US to include most of the Atlantic Ocean, a portion of Alaska and a portion of the Pacific bordering California and Baja California.
And even Service stars on the ribbon were authorized to any service member who was engaged in actual combat with Axis forces within the American Theater (primarily applied to those of the Military wich had engaged in Anit U Boat patrols in the Atlantic).

Obverse: shows the words American Campaing with a Navy cruiser underway, a B-24 Liberator flying overhead and in the background is the skyline of a City and a Sinking U-Boat on the foreground. (Designed by Thomas Hudson Jones)

Reverse: An American Bald Eagle between the dates - 1941-1945 and the words United States of America (Designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman)

Source:
GI collector's Guide,Henri-Paul Enjames,2005
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Campaign_Medal


American Campaign Medal

American Campaign Medal
American Campaign Medal