The United States Military Medals of

COLONEL A. J. BIRD, JR.

for service in 

the United States Air Force

 


Distinguished Flying Cross 

Service: All Services         Instituted: 1926 
Criteria: Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. 
Devices: Oak leaf clusters denote additional awards.


Air Medal

Service: All Services         Instituted: 1942
Criteria: Heroic actions or meritorious service while participating in aerial flight.
Devices: Oak leaf clusters denote additional awards.


American Defense Service Medal

Service: All Services         Instituted: 1941
Criteria: Active service between 1939-41.


American Campaign Medal

Service: All Services         Instituted: : 1942
Criteria: Service during 1941-46 outside the U.S. in the
American theater for 30 days, or within the continental U.S. for one year.


Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

Service: All Services           Instituted: 1942
Criteria: Service in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during
1941-46 for 30 days or receipt of any combat decoration.
Devices: Stars represent specific campaigns.


European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Service: All services         Instituted: 1942
Criteria: Service during 1941-45 in the European-African-Middle Eastern theater
for 30 days or receipt of any combat decoration.
Devices: Stars represent specific campaigns; arrowhead represents assault landing.


World War II Victory Medal

Service: All Services             Instituted: 1945
Criteria: Awarded for service in the U.S. Armed Forces during 1941-1946.
Service: All Services instituted: 1953 Dates: 1950-54,1961-74,1990-95
Criteria: Any honorable active duty service during the Korean War,
the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
Devices: Stars indicate additional awards.


Korea Service Medal

Service: All Services                Instituted: 1950
Criteria: Participation in military operations within the Korean area
during 1950-54.
Devices: Stars denote specific campaigns.


Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Service: All Services             Instituted: 1950
Criteria: 10 years of honorable service in any reserve
component of the United States Armed Forces Reserve.
Devices: Hourglass represents additional awards; "M" represents mobilized reserve.


United Nations Service Medal (Korea)

Service: All Services                      Instituted: 1951
Criteria: Service on behalf of the United Nations in Korea
between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Desk Dodger, a Mitchell B-25, my father's plane during WWII


 

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