on January 11, 1944. Originally created as a ribbon called the Navy Commendation
Ribbon, it was the first of the commendation awards. Awarded to members of the
Navy and Marine Corps, or other members of the Armed Forces serving with these
branches, who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or
meritorious service. This is a personal decoration, which has often been awarded
for Life Saving, in place of the medals originally created for that purpose.