Saturday, February 25, 2017

Service Medals and Honor

The Navy Department Awards Web-Service contains a wealth of information for active duty personnel, veterans, and those in Administrative Offices responsible for preparing and submitting awards. Each request should be filled out neatly, and should include the veteran’s complete name used while in service, rank, service number, social security number, branch of service, dates of service (date entered and date released), and it should be signed by the veteran or the next of kin if the veteran is deceased.

The Veteran's section is dedicated to providing information on medals and awards to veterans and their families, as well as links to information from other federal agencies and organizations.

SECNAVINST 1650.1H Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, Chapter 8, is dedicated specifically for prior service and veterans awards.

If using the SF 180, check the “Other” box in section II, paragraph 1, and enter “replacement awards”.

Navy Veterans to whom a military decoration has been awarded, or the immediate next of kin of a deceased recipient, may also receive a replacement set of decorations on a one-time basis, without cost if the previously issued medal, ribbon, or other device has been lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use, without fault or neglect on the part of the recipient. Miniature decorations are not replaced by the Department of Navy. Veterans or next-of kin of deceased veterans can obtain and fill out SF 180, Request Pertaining To Military Records, or write a letter to request replacement awards.

Navy Department Awards Web-Service provides online access to Navy Awards information and assistance, the Navy-wide awards processing application, and the ability for active duty members, veterans, and commands to search the Navy’s authoritative awards database.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) does not issue service medals; that is a function of each military service department.

For information about and instructions for replacing lost service medals, awards and decorations, please go to http://www.archives.gov/veterans/replace-medals.html at the National Archives. This website provides the instructions that you need to obtain replacements for lost service medals, awards and decorations.

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. Supporting documentation such as discharge paperwork or the veteran’s DD Form 214 or other military records can help speed the process. Mail your request to one of the following addresses:

Veterans separated in or after 1998:

NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND
PERS-312A
5720 INTEGRITY DRIVE
MILLINGTON, TN  38055-3120

Veterans separated before 1998

NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND
LIAISON OFFICE ROOM 350
1 ARCHIVES DRIVE
ST. LOUIS, MO 63138

Emergency Records Request

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

If your records request is urgent (for example, upcoming surgery, a funeral, etc.) detail the nature of the emergency and your deadline in the "Comments" section of eVetRecs or in the "Purpose" section of the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records.

  • Fax your request to the NARA Customer Service Team at 314-801-0764.
  • Call the NARA customer service staff at 314-801-0800 if you have questions or require same-day service. Due to the large number of calls, hold times are often long.
  • If your burial request involves interment at a Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery, contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-800-535-1117. NARA works directly with the Veterans Affairs staff to obtain records to verify service for burial benefits. If the veteran is not going to be interred at a National Cemetery, the requester may fax the SF-180 or signature page from eVetRecs (including signature of the next of kin and proof of death) to the NARA Customer Service Team at 314-801-0764.
  • Burial At Sea requests call Toll Free 1-866-787-0081. Individuals eligible for this program are: active duty members of the uniformed services; retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged. U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command; and dependent family members of active duty personnel, retirees, and veterans of the uniformed services.

Supporting documents which must accompany this request are: a photocopy of the death certificate; the burial transit permit or the cremation certificate; a copy of the DD Form 214, discharge certificate, or retirement order.

Medal Ribbon Purchase Options

ULTRATHIN
www.ultrathin.com

MEDALS OF AMERICA
www.usmedals.com

VETS SUPPLY LINE
www.militaryvetspx.com

VANGUARD
www.vanguardmil.com/store

IRA GREEN INC.
www.iragreen.com

H.J. SAUNDERS MILITARY INSIGNIA
www.saundersinsignia.com

SENTRY UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT INC
www.sentryuniform.com

USA MILITARY MEDALS
www.USAMilitaryMedals.com

OVERLORD MILITARY COLLECTABLES
www.overlordmilitary.com

 

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