American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations
of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2002
BECAUSE OF MULTIPLE IMAGES MAY LOAD SLOWLY
Ribbons of Medals
United States Navy and Marine Corps
Second World War Period and Prior
Youthful but He has been Around A Sailor and his Ribbon Bars
At the time of the Second World War campaign medals existed which had been awarded back to the Civil War.
Although I cannot know what the earliest campaign medals that an active member of the armed services serving in
the Second World War might have worn, I have decided to arbitrarily begin the series of campaign medals with
the China Campaign Metal of 1900.
Naval ribbon bars come in two sizes three-eighths inch (9 mm) and one-half inch (12 mm). The larger size was in common use during the war. Smaller ribbons can be pre-war or post-war issues of World War Two medals.
Examples below are in either size. The examples pictured are originals and may have minor damage or fading. The links within the section go the a discussion of the background of the corresponding medal.