service medal

noun

: 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 Henderson received a national defense service medal and good conduct medal during her service. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 9 Dec. 2023 Those who survived unscathed deserved valiant service medals. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2023 On his suit, the duke wore his Afghanistan service medal, as well as the Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Jubilee medals on his medal bar. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2023 Harry also wore his Afghanistan service medal as well as Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee, and Platinum Jubilee medals. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 Patron, a Jack Terrier in Ukraine, received a service medal Sunday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for helping the country’s military to clear mines and explosive equipment. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 9 May 2022 He also has been recognized for his leadership and performance in the line of duty and has received lifesaving awards and a meritorious service medal. C.r. Walker, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2021 The Texas native had been deployed to Iraq and had earned, among other decorations, the defense meritorious service medal, a good conduct medal and a marksmanship badge with the rifle. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 19 July 2021 The Defense Department report recommended the Army remove James’ negative performance review from her personnel file and award her a military service medal the Guard had withheld. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of service medal was in 1914

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“Service medal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/service%20medal. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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