Photos and story by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA
New Jersey has four medals, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal, New Jersey Korean Service Medal and the New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal that are awarded to veterans in honor of their service to their country.
The New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal was originally issued in 1858 for those who had distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was infrequently used until re-authorized by Governor Kean in 1988.
After the Spanish American
War, the Mexican Border Expedition
and again after World War I,
After WWII, Korea, Vietnam and
subsequent combat actions no such medal was available. The
The New Jersey
Service Medal is
awarded to combat
were not residents
The New Jersey Korean Service Medal is awarded to all New Jersey residents who were on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace thereof on or after June 23, 1950 and on or before January 31, 1955, who have been given an honorable discharge for their service.
The New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who served in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or the contiguous waters or airspace thereof on or after December 31, 1960 and on or before May 7, 1975.
For more information or forms contact your local veterans service officer or go online to:
http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/index.html for a list of the medals and their eligibility requirements.
Those interested in applying for any of these medals should send a completed application together with copies of all pertinent information, discharge document award citation, honorable discharge, etc. to:
NJ Department of Military And Veterans
Be sure to include full name, home address and daytime telephone number.
For more information call 609-530-6980.
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