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Current edition Sold Out

Replaced by Military Medals of America.

  • Single best book in the world on U.S. Military Medals. Criteria for every medal since the Civil War shown in with dates and campaigns..
  • Superb front and back color photographs of all U.S. Military decorations, service medals, ribbons, marksmanship medals and ribbons plus commonly awarded foreign medals..
  • Separate color ribbon displays in correct order of precedence for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard since 1939.
  • Full color chapter on devices for awards and ribbons (crossed indexed with medals).
  • Complete sections on wear and display of U.S. Military Medals for all branches plus valuable section on how to claim your medals from the government. Large Size: 81/2” x 11”, 192 pages.
  • Commonly awarded foreign medals and ribbons shown in color with details
  • A remarkable value, beautifully illustrated and fascinating to read. You and your family will enjoy having this book for many, many years.

Softcover BK 6…$16.95 SALE! ISBN 1884452-19-1
Hardcover BK 7…$29.95 ISBN 1-884452-18-3

With out a doubt the most popular and complete book on United States Military Medals. Now in its eighth edition Military Medals of the United States has sold over 200,000 copies since first published. It is most complete and easy to use guide covering all of the military medals presented in the 235+ years of United States history. Not only is the book beautifully illustrated with color photographs of both the front and back of the military medals and ribbons it covers in complete detail the different categories of military medals and ribbons of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. There are even handsome sections on how to display military medals for veterans and their families. This beautiful book is an incredible gift for a veteran or for families who wish to remember and know the military honors of their veteran.


“United States Military Medals in its eighth edition, is an authoritative reference work which should be on the shelves of every library–school, public, and military–in the United States. Co-authors Frank Foster and Lawrence Borts have an obvious love and respect for their subject, and this commitment shows on every one of the book’s pages.”

“This book would make a great gift for veterans, currently serving military personnel, and amateur military historians. The many illustrations make this book a truly beautiful reference work. But more than that, this book is a meaningful tribute to the women and men who have actually earned these medals and ribbons over the years. As a veteran myself, I want to thank and congratulate Frank Foster and Lawrence Borts for a stunning achievement. I look forward to the next edition.”

This book provides a vast wealth of information for those with interests in the field of U.S. military awards such as collectors, researchers, enthusiasts, veterans of previous conflicts and active military personnel. If anyone has ever served in the military this will be a prized pocession on your bookshelf!”

“This is as complete a guide to U.S. military ribbons and medals as I could imagine. The authors describe the history and criteria of each award and provide clear full-color photographs of each one. The book also contains detailed information about the various devices worn on each ribbon, guides to the proper wear of medals and ribbons on the uniform, and much more. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine awards are all covered. There is even a special section on United Nations mission medals.”

“Who in the world would get excited when the eighth edition of a book on United States military medals is published? Surprisingly, a rather large number of your fellow Americans, and for an amazing variety of reasons and numbers. For reasons you will find at least 75, which is the number of new military awards since the unification of the armed forces in 1947, only averages 1.5 new awards per year. In fact since the first publication of this book in 1996 there have been 29 new military awards. Many of these awards are retroactive to millions of veterans.

“And speaking of veterans you begin to get a feel for the interest in military awards when you realize there have been 28 million veterans since World War II. Combine that number with their immediate families and you have just about half the population of the United States. So what’s the big deal? Don’t veterans get their medals when they are discharged? Well, actually, not all the time. For example at the end of World War II the 16 million veterans could only be awarded ribbon bars for their campaign and victory medals. Brass had been devoted to the manufacturing of munitions and it wasn’t until a year or so after the war that the veterans’ medals were actually designed and produced.

Which makes this new book not only intriguing, incredibly informing as the only single source of over 300 medals and ribbons authorized America’s veterans. It actually starts at the beginning, the revolution and traces the evolution and development of America pyramid of honor up to today.”