Navy Cross Medals

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NAVY CROSS MEDAL

Navy Cross Medallion
Navy Cross Medallion

The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration that may be awarded to a member of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, (and to members of the Coast Guard when operating under the authority of the Department of the Navy). It is awarded for extraordinary heroism:

  1. While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
  2. While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  3. While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Actions that merit the Navy Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Cross is approved and awarded by Sectary of Navy, in the name of the President.

NAVY CROSS MEDAL CRITERIA

Navy Cross Medal
Navy Cross Medal

Navy Cross Medal Eligibility Requirements

  1. Awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by extraordinary heroism, not justifying the award of the Medal of Honor.
    1. While engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States
    2. While engaged in military operations . involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
    3. While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force, in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
  2. To warrant this distinctive decoration, the act or execution of duty must be performed in the presence of great danger, or at great personal risk, and must be performed in such a manner as to set individuals apart from their shipmates or fellow Marines. An accumulation of minor acts of heroism normally does not justify the award. The high standards demanded must be borne in mind when recommending the award.

Actions that merit the Navy Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Cross is equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross (Army) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).

NAVY CROSS MEDAL DESCRIPTION

Navy Cross Mini Medal
Navy Cross Mini Medal

The Navy Cross was designed by James Earle Fraser, a distinguished sculptor, member of the nation’s Fine Arts Commisson and designer of the obverse of the Victory Medal and an early version of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. The image in the center of the cross resembles lines of a 15th-century caraval or sailing ship.
Subtle variations have marked the evolution of the Navy Cross from 1919 to the present.

NAVY CROSS MEDAL BACKGROUND

Navy Cross was enacted February 04, 1919 as the naval services third-highest award and could be awarded for both combat heroism and for other distinguished service. Many, for instance, were earned for extraordinary diving and salvage feats. However, on August 07, 1942 Congress ratified that would place the Navy Cross just beneath the Medal of Honor, and limit its award to combat-only recognition. Presently, the Navy Cross is awarded to a person who distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of the Medal of Honor. To warrant this distinctive decoration, the act or the execution of duty must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk.

ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

The Navy Cross is worn after the Medal of Honor and before Defense Distinguished Service.

NAVY CROSS RIBBON

Navy Cross Ribbon
Navy Cross Ribbon

AUTHORIZED DEVICES

Additional awards are denoted by goldĀ stars.

Gold Star Device
Gold Star Device

Navy Cross Medal Sample Certificate

Navy Cross Certificate
Navy Cross Certificate
Navy Cross Award
Navy Cross Award
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