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UNIT DECORATION STREAMERS
FOR US ARMY FLAGS, COLORS & GUIDONS
 

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Combat Action Streamer
 

Notes
 

US Army units that have been awarded US or foreign unit decorations display them as streamers on their organizational colors, flags and guidons. Generally, these streamers are made in the colors of the ribbon of the decoration and are inscribed with the action for which the unit was decorated or the theater of war in which meritorious service was rendered.

Army units may accept decorations from other branches of the US Armed Forces or from foreign allied armed forces when authorized by the Secretary of the Army. For the US Presidential Unit Citation, the colors of the streamer are determined by the branch that sponsors the award for the Army unit concerned. Dates are added to inscriptions when necessary to distinguish among two or more awards of the same decoration. A wreath, called the Earned Honor Device, is added at the fly end of the streamer to denote decorations earned specifically by battalions of regiments in the combat arms. Unit decoration streamers are authorized for guidons only when the decoration has been earned specifically by the company-sized unit concerned.

Units twice cited in the Order of the Day of the French Army and awarded the Croix d'Guerre with Palm exchange the streamer of the Croix d'Guerre for a streamer in the colors of the Medaille Militaire.

The Combat Infantry Streamer and the Combat Medical Streamer are awarded to infantry and medical units only when a specified percentage of their personnel have been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge or the Combat Medical Badge. Second and subsequent awards of the Combat Infantry Streamer are denoted by the addition of a star at the fly end of the streamer. The Combat Action Streamer may be awarded to any unit when a specified percentage of its personnel have been awarded the Combat Action Badge.

Unit decoration streamers are authorized in three sizes as follows. For the Organizational Color of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard): 2 3/4-inch hoist by 4-foot fly. For all other Army flags and colors: 2 3/4-inch hoist by 3-foot fly. For guidons: 1 3/8-inch hoist by 2-foot fly.
 

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UNITED STATES DECORATIONS & AWARDS


Presidential Unit Citation    Army/Air Force
 

Presidential Unit Citation    Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard
 

Valorous Unit Citation
 

Meritorious Unit Commendation
 

Combat Infantry Streamer
 

Combat Medical Streamer
 

Combat Action Streamer
 

Navy Unit Commendation
 

Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation
 

Army Superior Unit Award
 

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
 

FOREIGN DECORATIONS
 

French Medaille Militaire    World War I & World War II
 

French Croix d'Guerre    World War I
 

Italian Cross of War Merit    World War I
 

Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword    World War I
 

French Croix d'Guerre    World War II
 

Belgian Croix d'Guerre    World War II
 

Luxembourg Croix d'Guerre    World War II

Netherlands Military Order of William    World War II
 

Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation    World War II
 

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation    Korean War
 

Greek Gold Medal for Bravery    Korean War
 

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry
 

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
 

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