National Defense Service Medal
Authorized on April 22, 1953 and amended on January 11, 1966,
this medal was awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the United
States Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954
(Korean War period) and between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974, (Vietnam War Period).
It has most recently been awarded to active duty military members for service during the
Persian Gulf War period.
The descriptive text for this award was excerpted
from "American Medals and Decorations" by Evans Kerrigan. (Quintet Publishing
Limited, Mallard Press, New York, N.Y., 1990, ISBN 0-792-45082-5) with special thanks to
the Naval Helicopter Association
for publishing this information on the web.