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Military Awards, Medals, & Decorations

The House of Representatives has passed new Stolen Valor Act legislation. The previous law was shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Have you lost military service medals, decorations, or awards that you or a family member earned and need to replace them? Find out how to request for replacements and what forms you will need to fill out.

Medals awarded while in active service will be issued by the appropriate service if requested by veterans or, if deceased, their next of kin.

Medals awarded while in active service are issued by the individual military services if requested by veterans or by the next of kin of deceased veterans. Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army veterans, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) verifies the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forwards requests and verification to appropriate service department for issuance.

For the Veteran: in general, the military services will work replacement medal requests for the veteran at no cost. This includes family members with the signed authorization of the veteran.

For the Next-of-Kin: the process (and cost) for replacement medals requests differs among the service branches and is dependent upon who is requesting the medal, particularly if the request involves an archival record.

For the General Public: if the service member separated from military service before 1954, the public may purchase a copy of the veteran's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) to determine the awards due and obtain the medals from a commercial source. If the service member separated after 1953, the public may request such information from the OMPF via the Freedom of Information Act.

Requesting Replacement Awards ands Medals

Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request with the verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals.

The eVetRecs is preferred for requesting medals and awards. Provide as much information as possible in the comments field. Should you prefer to submit your request using a SF180 then provide as much information as possible and send the form to the appropriate address from the following tables:

Army

Where to write for medals

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Where medals are mailed from

U.S. Army TACOM
Clothing and Heraldry (PSID)
P.O. Box 57997
Philadelphia, PA 19111-7997

Where to write in case of a problem
or an appeal

U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Soldier Program and Services Division - Awards and Decorations Branch
ATTN: AHRC-PDP-A
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept 480
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

Air Force (including Army Air Corps & Army Air Forces)

Where to write for medals

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Where medals are mailed from

Headquarters Air Force  Personnel Center
AFPC/DPPPR
550 C Street West, Suite 12
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714

Where to write in case of a problem
or an appeal

Headquarters Air Force Personnel Ctr
AFPC/DPPPR
550 C Street West, Suite 12
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714

Navy

Where to write for medals

National Personnel Record Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Where medals are mailed from

Navy Personnel Command
PERS 312
5751 Honor Drive 
Building 769 Room 158 
Millington, TN 38055-3120

Where to write in case of a problem
or an appeal

Department of the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations (DNS-35)
2000 Navy Pentagon 
Washington, DC 20350-2000

Marine Corps

Where to write for medals

National Personnel Record Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Where medals are mailed from

Navy Personnel Command
PERS 312
5751 Honor Drive 
Building 769 Room 158 
Millington, TN 38055-3120

Where to write in case of a problem
or an appeal

Commandant of the Marine Corps
Military Awards Branch (MMMA)
2008 Elliot Road 
Quantico, VA 22134

Coast Guard

Where to write for medals

Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 900 (PSC-PSD-MA) 
Stop 7200 
Arlington, VA 20598-7200

Where medals are mailed from

Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 900 (PSC-PSD-MA) 
Stop 7200 
Arlington, VA 20598-7200

Where to write in case of a problem
or an appeal

Commandant U.S. Coast Guard
Medals and Awards Branch
(PMP-4)
Washington, DC 20593-0001

COLD War Recognition Certificate

In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified Federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

Who is eligible? 
All members of the armed forces and federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991.

This Center will, upon request, provide copies of DD 214's and other separation documents, as appropriate, to authorized requesters.  These documents may be used to apply for the Certificate.  Complete instructions for obtaining a copy of your DD 214 may be found under How to Request Copies of Military Service Records.  However, this center does not have the application form available, nor will we be able to supply the Certificate itself. 

For more information concerning the application process visit the Army's Cold War Recognition Certificate webpage.

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