service medal

noun

Definition of service medal 

: a medal awarded to an individual for military service in a specified war or campaign

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His personal effects — photographs, letters from home, his money clip, high school class ring and service medals, including a Purple Heart — arrived later at the house in a big manila envelope. Karina Bland, azcentral, "An unexpected find in a Vietnam shop, a journey home for a Marine's dog tag," 23 May 2018 Ernest was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam service Medal with one bronze star for duty in the US Navy & Naval Reserve. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 4/8," 8 Apr. 2018 Following the service and a lunch served on the building’s ground floor, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Fire Chief Niles R. Ford were on hand for the distribution of departmental commendations and service medals. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "City firefighters past and present honored at Memorial Service and Medals Day ceremony," 14 Apr. 2018 Gone are the service medals her late husband earned fighting the Vietnam War. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rancho Monserate community devastated by Lilac fire tries to regroup," 7 Jan. 2018 Perhaps the most egregious fail in Star Wars history was Chewbacca not getting a service medal after the Battle of Yavin. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 40 best movie characters in 40 years of 'Star Wars,' ranked," 13 Dec. 2017

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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