China Service Medal

military medal of the USA

The China Service Medal was a service medal awarded to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. The medal was created by Navy Department General Order No. 176 on 1 July 1942.[3] The medal recognized service in and around China before and after World War II.

China Service Medal
Awarded by the Department of the Navy
TypeService medal
EligibilityNavy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel
Awarded forServices performed during operations in China or in Chinese territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas from 7 July 1937 to 7 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 to 1 April 1957
Established1 July 1942
Next (higher)Navy: Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal[1]
Marine Corps: Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Coast Guard: Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal[2]
Next (lower)American Defense Service Medal
China Service Medal ribbon.svg

Streamer CS.PNG
Ribbon bar and Campaign streamer for the medal


  1. "United States Navy Uniform Regulations NAVPERS 15665I" (PDF). January 1998. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  2. "Medals and Awards Manual COMDTINST M1650.25D" (PDF). United States Coast Guard CG-612 Directives and Publications Division. May 2008. pp. 22–3. Retrieved 29 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. "China Service Medal". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.