NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
National Personnel Records Center
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
April 30, 2003
SUBJECT: Requests for awards and certificates.
Forms. This memorandum provides for the use of the following forms:NA Form 13059, Transmittal of Entitlement to Awards
R. L. HINDMAN
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
National Personnel Records Center
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
NPRC 1865.110B CHGE 1
June 6, 2003
SUBJECT: Requests for awards and certificates.
R. L. HINDMAN
General Information. Requests for replacement of awards are received from former members of the Armed Forces. Requests are also received from the next of kin of former members. Awards and medals are issued when the originals have been lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use through no fault of the person to whom they were given. Normally, only one medal or award is issued for any given action or circumstance. Awards may, however, be issued to the next of kin, even if they were previously issued prior to the veteran’s (or retiree’s) death. Duplicate posthumous awards may be furnished to the parents of deceased veterans (or retirees) when awards were given to the widow or widower. Requests concerning entitlement only to medals and awards are also received.
NOTE: THE REMAINDER OF THIS MEMORANDUM PROVIDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS FOR AIR FORCE AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES (INCLUDING ARMY AIR CORPS AND ARMY AIR FORCE).
Entitlement not determined by NPRC. Awards for Air Force medals for which NPRC does not determine entitlement are listed in app. A. Consult Air Force Regulation 900-48, Awards, Ceremonies, and Honors, for additional information on these awards.
(1) Review of records. To ensure that the ARPC or AFPC has all the necessary information from which to make a determination of entitlement, review the military personnel record and the Air Force Awards and Decorations Card File. This Card File may provide verification of entitlement to certain awards not found in the military personnel record. (See app. B, Part I, for a list of decorations contained in the Card File.)
(2) Action. Refer the request, record, and a copy of the appropriate information from the Air Force Awards and Decoration Card File to ARPC or AFPC using NA Form 13008, Loan or Transfer of Records. EXCEPTIONS: If the request is a Congressional inquiry, forward to AFPC, ATTN: CSH. If the request is for medals pertaining to reserve service, forward to the ARPC. Notify the requester of the referral using the appropriate pattern paragraph/letter. NOTE: See apps. C or D for special instructions in processing requests for the Prisoner of War Medal or Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal.
App. A, Part II. The offices listed in this part are responsible for determining eligibility for the types of awards shown. Refer the requester to the appropriate address using a pattern paragraph/letter.
Request for "all medals" or entitlement to a specific medal. Other than those medals listed in app. A, verify entitlement to medals and awards by analyzing the information provided in the request and reviewing the separation document(s). In addition, examine AF Form 7, Airman’s Military Record, AF Form 11, Officer’s Military Record, AF Form 1712, Uniform Military Personnel Record, Service Record Book, orders, citations, and other data in the individual’s record. Also certain decorations were awarded for specific periods of service, which may not be shown on the separation document. (See app. B, part II for a list of these awards. See app. E and AFR 900-48 for additional guidance.)
Response to the requester when entitled to award. Prepare four copies of the NA Form 13059, Transmittal of and/or Entitlement to Awards, (available from "Get Forms" on Microsoft Word) and place the original and copy 1 in the box for mailing to ARPC or AFPC (see exception), mail copy 2 to the requester, and attach copy 3 to the request and file in the record. (See fig. 1.) See latest revision of NPRC 1865.12, Congressional inquiries at NPRC (MPR), for the number of copies needed when responding to Congressional inquires. EXCEPTION: For requests concerning aeronautical badges; i.e., Pilot, Navigator/Observer, Flight Surgeon, Flight Nurse, Aircrew Member, and Parachutist, send original and copy 1 to HQ USAF/XOOTW, Warrior Management Division, Washington, DC 20330-5054. If unable to determine entitlement, refer request and record to HQ USAF/XOOTW using NA Form 13008. Notify the requester of the referral using NA Form 13053 or pattern paragraph(s).
Entitlement not shown in record and period of service ended prior to December 31, 1963. If a determination for an award is required for the period from 1939 through December 31, 1963, and it is an award listed in app. B, Part I, forward a request to the Organizational Records Section for a search of the Air Force Awards and Decorations Card File. Prepare NA Form 13105, NPRC Search Request and Reply, in triplicate, including the veteran’s name, service number, award, and dates of eligibility. (See fig. 2.) If the request pertains to a unit award, also provide the name of the unit. Send the original and one copy to the Organizational Records Section. Attach the third copy to the request and hold with the record until the reply is received. File a copy of the NA Form 13105 in the record showing the results of the search.
Entitlement not established. If, after checking all sources of information, it is clear that the veteran is not entitled to an award, respond to the request by pattern letter/paragraph informing the requester that their entitlement could not be verified. If the requester insists on entitlement to an award, respond to the request with an appropriate pattern letter or paragraph. If the requester contacts NPRC again, and insists on entitlement to an award, forward the request with the record to HQ, AFPC, ATTN: DPPPRA. If the request is a Congressional inquiry, forward the request with the record to HQ, AFPC, ATTN: CCXI. See the current version of NPRC 1865.6, Referral and routing matters, for instructions on referral procedures.
Certificates of decoration. The National Personnel Records Center no longer processes requests for replacement of certificates of decoration. Most requests can be satisfied with a copy of the award citation, or order. If a requester insists on having a certificate of decoration replaced, refer the inquiry and the record to HQ Air Force Personnel Center, Attn: HQ AFPC/DPPPRA, 550 C Street West, Suite 12, Randolph AFB, TX
Figure 1. Transmittal of and/or Entitlement to Awards
Figure 2. NPRC Search Request and Reply
Appendix A. Awards for which NPRC does not determine entitlement
AWARDS FOR WHICH NPRC DOES NOT DETERMINE ENTITLEMENT
|AF Commendation Medal||Kuwait Liberation Medal1|
|AF Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon||Legion of Merit|
|AF Recognition Ribbon||Distinguished Flying Cross|
|AF Distinguished Service Medal||Medal of Honor1|
|AF Organizational Excellence Award||Meritorious Service Medal|
|AF Outstanding Unit Award||Medal of Humane Action|
|AF Achievement Medal||NCO Professional Military Graduate|
|Air Force Cross||Ribbon|
|Air Medal||Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon|
|Airman’s Medal||Prisoner of War Medal|
|Armed Forces Reserve Medal||Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal|
|Bronze Star Medal||Presidential/Distinguished Unit Citation|
|Combat Readiness Medal||Purple Heart|
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal||Silver Star|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal||Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon|
|Defense Superior Service Medal||Southwest Asia Service Medal2|
1These medals are awarded by the governments of both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (2 medals) to eligible members who participated in Operation Desert Storm during the period from 17 January to 28 February 1991.
2E.O. 12754, March 12, 1991. This medal is awarded to members of the Uniformed Services of the United States who participated in military operations in Southwest Asia or in the surrounding contiguous waters or air space on or after
|The China War Memorial Decoration||The China War Memorial|
Medal Review Committee
14th Air Force Association
1106 Village Lane
Winter Pak, FL 32789
|Miniature medals||Suggest requester search the Internet under US Military Medals.|
|Government of Hellenic Republic||Military Attaché|
|WWII Commemorative Medal||The Embassy of Greece|
2228 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20080
Appendix B. Air Force Awards and Decorations Card File and awards for specific periods
DECORATIONS CONTAINED IN THE AIR FORCE AWARDS
AND DECORATIONS FILE
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army of Occupation Medal (Germany, Japan Clasp, Berlin Airlift Device)
Bronze Star Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Medal of Humane Action
Medal of Honor
AWARDS FOR SPECIFIC PERIODS
American Defense – Honorable service from 8 Sep 1939 through 07 December 1941
Honorable Service Lapel Pin (also referred to as the "Badge of Service" and "Ruptured Duck") – Honorable service from September 1939 through December 1946.
WWII Victory Medal – Honorable service from 7 December 1941 through 31 December 1946.
National Defense Service Medal – Honorable service between 26 June 1950 through 27 July 1954 or 1 January 1961 through 14 August 1974 or 2 August 1990 through 30 November 1995 or from 11 September 2001 through a date to be determined.
United Nations Service Medal – Honorable service between 27 June 1950 through 27 July 1954 and awarded the Korean Service Medal.
Appendix C. Request for POW Medal
REQUEST FOR POW MEDAL
Background. The prisoner of War (POW) Medal is available to eligible veterans or next of kin. The medal may be issued to any former service member who was taken prisoner of war and held captive after April 5, 1917. Any person convicted by a U.S. military tribunal of misconduct or a criminal charge or whose discharge is less than honorable based upon actions while a POW is ineligible for the medal. No more than one POW Medal shall be awarded to a service member or next of kin. Applications are submitted on DD Form 2510, Prisoner of War (POW) Medal Application/Information. Letters are accepted as long as all required information is contained in the letter.
Procedures. AFPC is responsible for the final determination of eligibility for and issuance of the POW Medal. To ensure that AFPC has all the necessary information, a search of all available sources of information will be conducted to determine POW status and conduct of service as a prisoner; e.g., military personnel record, Air Force Awards and Decorations Card File, organizational records, morning reports, POW listings, etc.
When POW status has been established, complete NA Form 13059 in quadruplicate. Be sure to include the registry number (print on form above the Date) and POW status.
(See fig. C-1.) Send one copy to the applicant and advise that the application is being forwarded to AFPC for final validation of entitlement to the medal. Place one copy in the record and forward two copies to AFPC. Attach a copy of the application, discharge covering the period of POW status, and any documents used to verify POW status.
When a veteran’s POW status cannot be verified or there is an indication that the character of service was less than honorable, indicate this on the NA Form 13059 and send all four copies of the form with the application and record to AFPC for action. Notify the requester of the referral using a pattern letter or paragraphs.
When the requester does not provide sufficient information to allow a search of POW status, return the application and request additional information.
AFPC will return verified eligibility forms for interfile in the record. The verified NA Forms 13059 will eliminate the need to prepare a DD Form 215, unless specifically requested at a later date.
Figure C-1. Response to request for POW Medal
Registry Number: F 0-000-000
Appendix D. Request for Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal
REQUEST FOR PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL
Background. On November 5, 1990, legislation was passed which established a congressional medal to honor those members of the Armed Forces who were in Hawaii and those civilian employees of the War and Navy Departments who were killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Presentations of the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal to eligible personnel or their next of kin were planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The estimated number of former military service personnel who were eligible to receive the medal was about 105,500. There were 68 civilian employees reported killed at Pearl Harbor. An estimate of the number of civilian employees wounded in the attack is not available. The Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal was produced in limited quantities as a one-time issuance. Stock of this medal has now been exhausted and will not be replaced. Purchase of the medal from civilian dealers in military insignia may be possible.
Appendix E. Authorized abbreviations for awards and decorations
AUTHORIZED ABBREVIATIONS FOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
|Air Force Commendation Medal||AFCM|
|Air Force Cross||AFC|
|Air Force Good Conduct Medal||AFGCM|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award||AFLSA|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award||AFOUA|
|Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Ribbon||ARFMSR|
|American Campaign Medal||ACM|
|American Defense Service Medal||ADSM|
|Antarctic Service Medal||ASM|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal||AFEM|
|Armed Forces Reserve Medal||AFRM|
|Armed Forces Service Medal||AFSM|
|Army of Occupation Medal||AOM|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal||APCM|
|Berlin Airlift Device||BAD|
|Bronze Service Star||BSS|
|Bronze Star Medal||BSM|
|China Service Medal||CHSM|
|Combat Readiness Medal||CRM|
|Distinguished Flying Cross||DFC|
|Distinguished Service Cross||DSC|
|Distinguished Service Medal||DSM|
|Distinguished Unit Citation||DUC|
|European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal||EAMECM|
|Gold Life Saving Medal||GLSM|
|Good Conduct Medal||GCM|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal||JSCM|
|Korean Service Medal||KSM|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal||KLM|
|Legion of Merit||LM|
|Medal for Humane Action||MHA|
|Medal of Honor||MH|
|Medal for Merit||MM|
|National Defense Service Medal||NDSM|
|National Security Medal||NSM|
|Oak Leaf Cluster||OLC|
|Philippine Defense Ribbon||PDR|
|Philippine Independence Ribbon||PIR|
|Philippine Liberation Ribbon||PLR|
|Presidential Medal of Freedom||F|
|Presidential Service Badge||PSB|
|Presidential Unit Citation||PUC|
|Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge||ROKPUC|
|Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal||ROVCM|
|Silver Life Saving Medal||SLSM|
|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon||SAEMR|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal||SWASM|
|United Nations Medal||UNM|
|United Nations Service Medal||UNSM|
|USAF NCO Academy Graduate Ribbon||AFNCOAR|
|Vietnam Service Medal||VSM|
|Women’s Army Corps Service Medal||WACSM|
|World War I Victory Medal||WWIVM|
|World War II Victory Medal||WWIIVM|
Appendix F. Additional information and references for awards and decorations
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND REFERENCES FOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
NPRC DOES NOT MAKE DETERMINATION OF ENTITLEMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
(NPRC verifies entitlement based on information in personnel records/databases)
Air Force Achievement Awards – (Examples include: AFCM, AFC, AM, BSM, DFC, LM, SS, etc.) These are awarded to recognize specific types of achievement while serving on active duty in the Air Force or as members of the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard. No achievement awards are awarded to a person whose entire service for the period covered by the award was not honorable, nor to a person whose service for the period covered by the award was terminated under other than honorable conditions. If a person was awarded and presented an award for service before the dishonorable behavior, the award is not revoked unless specifically directed by HQ USAF. Reference: AFR 900-48, Chapter 5.
NPRC DETERMINES ENTITLEMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
1. U.S. and Foreign Service Awards – A person is eligible for a service award if that person was assigned or attached to and present for duty with a unit serving in the prescribed geographical area established for the award during the designated time period; was assigned or attached to and present for duty with a unit designated in appropriate administrative orders as having received the award during the prescribed time period; or otherwise meets the requirements for the award stated in AFR 900-48. Reference: App. G, Operations approved for award of the AFEM, and AFR 900-48, Chapter 6.
NOTE: The Philippine government issues a Philippine Defense Medal and a Philippine Liberation Medal to former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are eligible to receive the Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation Ribbons. These medals are available from the Philippine government and may not be purchased in the U.S. Furnish information on the availability of these medals only if they are specifically requested. Use pattern paragraphs/letter to refer the requester to: Defense Attaché, Armed Forces Affairs Office, Embassy of the Philippines, 1617 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.
2. Foreign Awards and Decorations – Major commanders in active theaters of operations authorized to accept unit awards tendered by friendly foreign nations to units no higher than wing level: During military operations against an armed enemy of the U.S. and for one year thereafter; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party. Reference AFR 900-48, Chapter 7.
3. Awards and Decorations Devices – The term device includes, but is not limited to, ribbons, bars, lapel buttons, rosettes, oak leak clusters, stars, arrowheads, and similar accessories used in the Air Force decorations, awards, and recognition program.
NOTE: The Gold Star Lapel Button is usually requested using DD Form 3, Application for Gold Star Lapel Button. Application by letter will be accepted, provided sufficient information for determination of entitlement has been furnished. Verification of entitlement is made using NA Form 13059.
NOTE: The Honorable Service Lapel Pin, issued to every service member that was honorably discharged between September 1939 and December 1946, is known by other names; e.g., "Badge of Service" and "Ruptured Duck." AR-PERSCOM used to issue this pin to requester that asked for the "WWII 50th Anniversary Medal." AFPC and the Navy Liaison Office, however, do not; instead they advise requesters that no such medal is issued by the military service departments.
Appendix G. Operations approved for award of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR AWARD OF THE
ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL
|Lebanon||1 Jul 58 – 1 Nov 58|
|Vietnam (including Thailand)1||1 Jul 58 – 3 Jul 65|
|Taiwan Straits||3 Aug 58 – 1 Jan 59|
|Quemoy and Matsu||23 Aug 58 – 1 Jun 63|
|Congo||14 Jul 60 – 1 Sep 62|
|Laos||19 Apr 61 – 7 Oct 62|
|Berlin, Germany||14 Aug 61 – 1 Jun 63|
|Cuba||24 Oct 62 – 1 Jun 63|
|Congo||23 Nov 64 – 27 Nov 64|
|Dominican Republic||23 Apr 23, 1965 – 21 Sep 21, 1966|
|Korea||1 Oct 66 -- 30 Jun 74|
|Cambodia||29 Mar 73 – 15 Aug 73|
|Thailand||29 Mar 73 – 15 Aug 73|
|Cambodia (Eagle Pull)||11 Apr 75 – 13 Apr 75|
|Vietnam (Frequent Wind)||29 Apr 75 – 30 Apr 75|
|Mayaquez Rescue||15 May 75|
|El Salvador||1 Jan 81 – 1 Feb 92|
|Lebanon||1 Jun 83 – 1 Dec 87|
|Grenada (Urgent Fury)||23 Oct 83 – 21 Nov 83|
|Attack on Libya (Eldorado Canyon)||12 Apr 86 –17 Apr 86|
|Persian Gulf (Earnest Will)||24 Jul 87 – 1 Aug 90|
|Panama (Just Cause)||20 Dec 89 – 31 Jan 90|
|Somalia (Restore Hope)||5 Dec 92 – 31 Mar 95|
|Somalia (United Shield)||5 Dec 92 – 31 Mar 95|
|Haiti (Uphold Democracy)||15 Sep 94 – 31 Mar 95|
|Iraq (Southern Watch)||1 Dec 95 – 5|
|Maritime Intercept Operations||1 Dec 95 – 5|
|Vigilant Sentinel||1 Dec 95 – 15 Feb 97|
|Joint Endeavor||20 Nov 96 – 20 Dec 96|
|Joint Guard||20 Dec 96 – 20 Jun 98|
|Northern Watch||1 Jan 97 – 5|
|Joint Forge||21 Jun 98 – 23 Mar 99|
|Desert Thunder||11 Nov 98 – 22 Dec 98|
|Desert Fox||16 Dec 98 – 22 Dec 98|
|Desert Spring||31 Dec 98 – 5|
Military operations have significantly increased over the past 10+ years. For a current listing of operations that qualify for award of the AFEM, AFSM, etc., use the following link to the Air Force Personnel Center: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awards/usafpart.htm
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For information about all Air Force awards, use this link: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awards/default.htm
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