Military Awards: Sources of Information

CRS Report for Congress
Military Awards: Sources of Information
Julissa Gomez-Granger
Information Research Specialist
Knowledge Services Group
This report is intended for congressional use. It identifies sources of information
on military awards and decorations, including the Department of Defense, other
government agencies, and private organizations. It provides addresses, telephone
numbers, and Web addresses. This report will be updated as needed.
Department of Defense
Each of the military services has an office that responds to requests regarding
military awards and decorations. This includes requests for the issuance or replacement
of military awards, information on eligibility criteria, statistics, and historical data on
military awards.
Military Awards Branch
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
200 Stovall Street, Suite 3S67, Hoffman II
Alexandria, VA 22332-0474
(703) 325-8700
[ active/T AGD/awards /index.htm]
U.S. Navy Department
Navy Awards NO9B33
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350-2000
Na vyAwa r d s @Na vy. M i l

Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress

U.S. Air Force Personnel Center
Attn: Air Force Recognition Programs
550 C Street West, Suite 12
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714
(210) 565-5000
Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
Attn: Military Awards
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134
(703) 784-9206
[ mmma / a w a r d s r e f . n s f ]
U.S. Army Center of Military History
103 Third Avenue
Collins Hall
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, D.C. 20319-5018
(202) 685-2194
The U.S. Army Center of Military History provides a full-text listing of official
citations for Medal of Honor recipients at the above Web address.
The Institute of Heraldry
9325 Gunston Rd., Room S-112
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-5579
(703) 806-4972
The Institute of Heraldry provides services to the armed forces as well as to U.S.
government agencies. These services include design and standardization of badges,
insignia, decorations, and medals of the U.S. military, as well as information on how they
are displayed, and how and why they are worn.
Department of Transportation
U.S. Maritime Administration
Medals and Decorations, Room 7302
Department of Transportation

400 Seventh Street, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-2646
[ h t t p : / / r a .gov/ h i s t o r y/ medal ml ]
The U.S. Maritime Administration provides information on awards to members of
the U.S. Merchant Marine who served in support of the U.S. armed forces.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) of the National Archives and
Records Administration houses military service records, which include information on
medals, awards, and decorations received by individual service members. The NRPC
responds to veteran requests for verification and issuance or replacement of military
service awards. Veterans should contact the NRPC Office of the appropriate service (note
that the NPRC does not accept telephone requests for records). For more information, see
[ h ttp://www.archives.g ov/veterans/military -s ervice-records/replacement-medals.html] .
National Personnel Records Center
Medals Section (NRPMA-M)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Air Force
National Personnel Record Center
Air Force Reference Branch (NRPMF)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard
Bureau of Naval Personnel
Liaison Office, Room 5409
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Organizations whose memberships consist of recipients of awards are a source of
publications, historical information, and services to veterans.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
40 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-8862
[ ]
Legion of Valor of the United States of America
c/o Philip J. Conran
4706 Calle Reina
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 692-2244
[ h ttp://www.legi]

Military Order of the Purple Heart
5413-B Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 642-5360
[ h ttp:// ]
Selected Reference Works
Proft, R.J. United States of America’s Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and
Their Official Citations (Columbia Heights, MN: Highland House II, 3rd ed., 2002),

1,240 p.

Strandberg, John, E. The Call of Duty: Military Awards and Decorations of the United
States of America (San Jose, CA: James Bender Publishing, 1994), 384 p.
CRS Reports
CRS Report RS20900. D-Day and the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal, by Barbara
Salazar Torreon.
CRS Report 95-519. Medal of Honor: History and Issues, by David F. Burrelli.
CRS Report RL30011. Medal of Honor Recipients: 1979-2005, by Julissa
Gomez -Granger.