navy and marine corps commendation medal

NAVY AND MARINE CORPS COMMENDATION MEDAL
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS COMMENDATION MEDAL
After the First World War, the Department of the Navy authorized the Navy Commendation Star, a ribbon device to be placed on the World War I Victory Medal. The 3⁄16 inch silver star was identical to the Army Citation Star, but not comparable, as the later recognized "gallantry in action", while the Navy Commendation Star denoted those who had been cited and commended for performance of duty by the Secretary of the Navy.

An independent Navy Commendation Ribbon was established in November 1943. On March 22, 1950 a metal pendant (of the same design as the pendant of the Army Commendation Medal) was authorized and the Commendation Ribbon was renamed the Navy Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant. This award was re-designated as the Navy Commendation Medal in September 1960, and renamed the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 1994. This decoration was previously awarded only by flag rank operational commanders, requiring the signature of an admiral or general officer in the grade of O-7, allowing interpretation of the criteria for which the medal may be awarded. Authority to award this decoration was later expanded to captains and colonels in the grade of O-6 currently holding operational command as a commodore, carrier air wing commander or commanding officer.

In contrast to the Army and the Air Force, in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal has historically considered its commendation medal to be a higher level and less frequently awarded decoration. Outside of those instances where it has been awarded for combat action with a Combat "V", it has typically been reserved for Department Head level officers at the O-4 level, senior Navy Chief Petty Officers (CPO) and Marine Corps Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) at the E-8 and E-9 level as an "end of tour" award in a given command/organization/unit, and, following a full career, as a retirement award for enlisted personnel between pay grades E-6 and E-9. For more junior personnel, it has occasionally been awarded as an "impact award" for a significant contribution of service, to include those instances of combat service where it has included the Combat "V". In contrast, the awarding of the Army Commendation Medal in the U.S. Army and the Air Force Commendation Medal in the U.S. Air Force, is not limited to senior service members, and can be awarded to junior NCOs in the grade of E-6 and below (with some recipients as low as E-3) and junior officers in the grade O-3 and below. However, since the early 2000s, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal has been observed as being increasingly awarded to junior USN officers in pay grade O-3 as an "end of tour" award in a given command/unit/organization in a manner similar to that employed by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force since the late 1960s.

Recipient members of the U.S. Marine Corps have always been issued the Navy's commendation medal and there is not a separate commendation medal intended only for Marines. This lack of difference was recognized on August 19, 1994 when Secretary of the Navy John Howard Dalton changed the name of the Navy Commendation Medal to the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
  1. SEALS Willink, John Gretton

    SURNAME Willink FORENAME John Gretton "Jocko" UNIT Seal Team 3 RANK Lieutenant Commander NUMBER AWARD Silver Star, Bronze Star PLACE Iraq ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 08.09.1971, Torrington, Connecticut, USA graduated BUDs class 177 retired 10.2010 (20 years service) co-author...
  2. SEALS Furlani, Edward Peter

    SURNAME Furlani FORENAME Edward Peter UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 7 RANK Special Warfare Operator NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal PLACE Iraq ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 24.2.1982 Albany, New York son of Peter and Hope (nee Leffler) Furlani resided Albany, New...
  3. SEALS Otten, Stephen L. (Otter)

    SURNAME Otten FORENAME Stephen L. (Otter) UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 3 RANK Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) NUMBER AWARD Bronze Star,Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal PLACE Afghanistan 2001 (NMCCM) Iraq 2005 (BS) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Illinois graduated Belleville West...
  4. SEALS O'Neill, Robert (Rob)

    SURNAME O'Neill FORENAME Robert (Rob) UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 6 RANK Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator NUMBER AWARD Silver Star (x2), Bronze Star with V device (x4), Joint Service Commendation Medal with V device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device (x2) PLACE...
  5. SEALS Cavner, Bradley Steven

    SURNAME Cavner FORENAME Bradley Steven UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team (West Coast) RANK Chief Special Warfare Operator NUMBER AWARD Bronze Star with V device,Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device PLACE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  6. SEALS Riter, James Lee

    SURNAME Riter FORENAME James Lee UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 1 RANK Electricians Mate Third Class (EM 3) NUMBER 527929708 AWARD Bronze Star with V device,Navy Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1970 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  7. MARSOC Clairmont, Joseph

    SURNAME Clairmont FORENAME Joseph UNIT Marine Special Operations Advisor Group (U.S.N.,attached) RANK Chief Hospital Corpsman NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device PLACE Afghanistan 2008 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  8. MARSOC Creasey, Denver N.

    SURNAME Creasey FORENAME Denver N. UNIT Marine Special Operations Regiment (2 Marine S.O. Bn) (G Company) RANK Lance Corporal NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Medal PLACE Afghanistan 2011 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Goochland County,Virginia
  9. SEALS Kyle, Christopher Scott

    SURNAME Kyle FORENAME Christopher Scott (Chris) UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 3 RANK Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer NUMBER AWARD Silver Star, Bronze Star with V device with 4 oak leaf clusters, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal PLACE Iraq ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  10. FORCE RECON Krissoff, Nathan M.

    SURNAME Krissoff FORENAME Nathan M. UNIT 3 Recon Bn (3 MarDiv) (HQ and Service Company) RANK First Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device PLACE Iraq 2006 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  11. FORCE RECON Zimmerman, Christopher Michael

    SURNAME Zimmerman FORENAME Christopher Michael UNIT 2 Recon Bn (2 MarDiv) (B Company) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device PLACE Iraq 2006 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  12. FORCE RECON Clark, William Martin

    SURNAME Clark FORENAME William Martin UNIT 1 Recon Bn (1 MarDiv) (1 Force Recon Company,attached) RANK Lance Corporal NUMBER 480668886 AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1970 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  13. SEALS Ortiz, Luis C.

    SURNAMEOrtiz FORENAMELuis C. UNITU.S.N.R. Seal Team 3 (Bravo Platoon) RANKSpecial Warfare Operator First Class NUMBER AWARDNavy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V PLACEIraq 2006 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONfrom Rancho Cucamonga,California Deputy Sheriif,San Bernardino County,California...
  14. SEALS Martin, Phillip L. (Moki)

    SURNAME Martin FORENAME Phillip L. (Moki) UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 2 RANK Chief Warrant Officer NUMBER AWARD Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V PLACE North Vietnam 1972 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Paia,Hawaii graduated Maui High School 1960 retired as Lt 1983...
  15. SEALS Rowell, Jack

    SURNAME Rowell FORENAME Jack UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 2 RANK Radioman Second Class NUMBER AWARD Bronze Star,Navy Commendation Medal PLACE Dominican Republic 1965 (NCM) South Vietnam 1968 (BS) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Concord,New Hampshire U.S.A.F. 1953-57 U.S.N. February...
  16. SEALS Rauch, Leon F.

    SURNAME Rauch FORENAME Leon F. UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 1 RANK Boatswains Mate Second Class + Boatswains Mate First Class + Chief Boatswains Mate NUMBER AWARD Silver Star (x2),Bronze Star with V device (x2),Navy Commendation with V device PLACE South Vietnam 1967 (BS,NC) 1968...
  17. SEALS Rogers, David W.

    SURNAME Rogers FORENAME David W. UNIT U.S.N.R. Seal Team 2 RANK Gunners Mate Third Class NUMBER AWARD Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V" PLACE Panama 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BUD/S Class 150 IMAGES:
  18. SEALS Ruth, Herbert M.

    SURNAME Ruth FORENAME Herbert M. UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 1 + Seal Team 2 RANK Chief Engineman + Chief Warrant Officer NUMBER AWARD Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" device, Navy Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1967 (SS) South Vietnam 1969 (BS,NCM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
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