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Navy Occupation Medal


Navy Occupation Medal

Navy Occupation Service Medal
Awarded by United States Department of the Navy
Type Military medal
Awarded for Occupation duty following World War II
Status No longer awarded
Clasps Europe
Established 1946
First awarded May 8, 1945
Last awarded October 3, 1990
Next (higher) World War II Victory Medal
Equivalent Army of Occupation Medal
Next (lower) Medal for Humane Action

Service ribbon and streamer

The Navy Occupation Service Medal is a military award of the United States Navy which was issued to Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who participated in the European and Asian occupation forces following the close of the World War II. The medal was also bestowed to personnel who performed duty in West Berlin between 1945 and 1990. Not more than one Navy Occupation Service Medal may be awarded to an individual. The Army of Occupation Medal is the equivalent of the Navy Occupation Service Medal. No person could receive both the Army and Navy occupation medals.

The medal is authorized two service clasps: Europe and Asia. If eligible, both clasps may be worn on the medal. The Berlin Airlift Device may be authorized for wear on the Army and Navy occupation medals to denote participation in the direct support of the Berlin Airlift between 1948 and 1949.


The following geographical duty areas, and time frames of eligibility, qualified a service member to receive the Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp.

  • Italy (November 8, 1945 to December 15, 1947)
  • Trieste (May 8, 1945 to October 25, 1954)
  • Germany (May 8, 1945 to May 5, 1955)
  • Austria (May 8, 1945 to October 25, 1955)
  • West Berlin (May 8, 1945 to October 3, 1990)


The "Asia" clasp was authorized for any service performed in the Far East Theater between the dates of September 2, 1945 and April 27, 1952. This included service in Korea, however those service members who were awarded the Korean Service Medal could not be awarded both the Korean Service Medal and the Army or Navy occupation medal for the same period of service.

See also

External links

  • Navy History & Heritage Command-Navy Occupation Service Medal
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