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Five years in the developing this beautiful book provides full color plates and detailed descriptions and criteria of all Navy medals and insignia earned by Navy veterans and admired by their families from World war II to the Liberation of Iraq. What further sets this book apart is the handsome color plates and detailed drawing describing the criteria, purpose, and background of every award. Battle stars, attachments for valor, dates, places even the significance of ribbon color is presented in a wonderful flowing combination of words and illustrations. There is even a section of on how insignia and ribbons were worn in each war and a section on how veterans or their families can claim their medals free!

The Decorations, Medals, Ribbons, Badges and Insignia of The United States Navy, World War II to Present is published by Medals of America Press. The book and others in the series can be viewed in detail at It can be purchased on or by sending $24.95 plus $4.00 shipping for the soft back edition or $29.95 plus $4.00 for the hardback edition to Medals of America, 114 Southchase Blvd, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.

  • Color plates of all Navy medals and ribbons.
  • All Navy decorations and service medals along with their history and award criteria.
  • All Commonly awarded foreign and UN medals.
  • Complete set of Navy ribbons in correct order with all attachments and devices.
  • All Navy insignia including officer and enlisted rank insignia from World War II to present.
  • Enlisted specialty marks over the past 60 years.
  • A guide to correct wear of medals, ribbons, insignia and badges by active duty personnel and veterans.
  • Displaying awards and insignia.
  • How to claim medals.
  • Descriptions of service ID badges, aigullettes shoulder cords, etc.

Size: 81/2” x 11” 124 pages

BK 37 Hardback 1-884452-50-7 $29.95
BK 37 Softback 1-884452-51-5 $24.95


The author has done great job bringing together a wealth of information previously not available in print. The sections on decorations and medals are outstanding and include full color pages on all medals and ribbons. The section on specialty marks is the most complete I have seen, with descriptions, drawings and historical background. The specialty marks not only include those in use today, but detail marks back as far as 1939. The sections on insignia are also good. The author has obviously drawn from many sources and has even gone to the trouble of utilizing line drawings on obsolete badges no longer in existence. There are also color pages clearly showing most of the badges and insignia used since World War II. This is an excellent book for current naval personnel and veterans.

A reader from Arlington, Virginia, USAThis is a must book for those interested in the U. S. Navy

This book was published by The Medals of America Press, so it’s not surprising that its main emphasis is on decorations, medals and awards. But it also intends, as the author writes, to be a “definitive” reference covering badges and rank insignia. The color plates are very nice, and the information for current insignia and medals is nice to have. But if
The book is worth the price for the medal information alone.

a reader from Sacramento, CA United States

Jim Thompson has done a superlative job by providing in-depth detail of each decoration, medal, device and rank/rate insignia of the U.S. Navy. This book is a must-have reference for anyone who has an interest in the Navy, or the armed services in general.

Why didn’t the 5 million Navy and Marine veterans receive their military medals at the end of World War II?

It is true, but there was no plot against the Navy veterans. It was just that brass production and have been diverted to making ammunition for the war effort. Therefore with the exception of military decorations such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart very few campaign medals were manufactured before the end of the war. In fact some of the medals had not even been designed by 1945. So when America’s Navy veterans returned home at the end of the war all they had to show for their campaigns and victory were ribbon bars to ear on their chest. Even then several medals such as the Navy Occupation Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, and that Navy Commendation Medal were not authorized or designed until years after the war. By that time the veteran had returned home and begun the process of returning to civilian life.
The big problem all 14 million American Navy veterans and their families have is there is no single official or unofficial source that describes the meaning and tells the story of their military medals and insignia. Active duty and Reserve personnel face the same problem with information scattered in bits and pieces of hard to find Navy publications. Today that problem is solved! Medals of America Press is proud to publish the Complete Guide to United States Navy Medals, Badges and Insignia, World War II to Present.