|Navy Commendation Medal
Authorized 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.