SKU: 7437

Defense Meritorious Service Anodized Miniature Medal

$11.95

SKU: 7437

Defense Meritorious Service Anodized Miniature Medal

$11.95

Defense Meritorious Service Anodized Miniature Medal

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The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) is an award presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces. It is the third-highest award that the Department of Defense issues, and is awarded to those who distinguish themselves though non-combat meritorious service or achievement, in a joint capacity. Created on November 3rd, 1977 by President Jimmy Carter's Executive Order 12019, it was first awarded to Major Terrell G Covington of the United States Army.

Similar to the Meritorious Service Medal, the DMSM is awarded for multi-service assignments, while the MSM is awarded for service to a specific branch. Subsequent awards are denoted by wearing a bronze Oak Leaf Cluster on the medal or service ribbon.