service medal


Definition of service medal

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

Examples of service medal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burr found another Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a service medal and a veteran’s dog tags, along with newspaper clippings about Topeka, Kansas, residents who had served in World War II and a Western Union news release with some photo negatives. India Yarborough, USA TODAY, "Kansas woman uncovers long-lost WWII medals in her house, gives vet 'a trip down memory lane'," 15 Sep. 2020 Like Charlotte, Fitzsimmons presented Harvey with his father’s service medal at his Thursday funeral, according to the Daily Mail. Joelle Goldstein,, "Girl Wears Her Australian Firefighter Dad's Helmet and Refuses to Leave His Side at His Funeral," 7 Jan. 2020 The president also punished the prosecutors who handled Gallagher’s court-martial, revoking their service medals. Dwight Stirling, The Conversation, "Why the US military usually punishes misconduct but police often close ranks," 6 Dec. 2019 Wilson often wore his service medals, flew a flag on his motorized scooter and would place flags at the graves of deceased veterans in Silverbrook Cemetery, where he was ultimately laid to rest, according to to the Free Press. Fox News, "More than 1,000 people attend Michigan funeral for Vietnam veteran," 19 July 2019 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., "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,, "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,, "Rancho Monserate community devastated by Lilac fire tries to regroup," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of service medal

1914, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Service medal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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