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 STREAMERS FOR THE US MARINE CORPS BATTLE COLOR
 

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The United States Marine Corps Battle Color carries a set of streamers to commemorate the battles, campaigns, service and unit citations of the Corps from 1775 to the present day. As of January 2002 there were 54 streamers authorized: 42 for battles, campaigns and service, and twelve for citations. Unlike the Navy, the Marine Corps displays streamers for citations received from the Department of Defense, the US Army and foreign governments. There are also two campaign streamers that were awarded by the Commonwealth of the Philippines prior to independence, and a streamer commemorating Philippine independence.

Battle streamers for the Civil War and subsequent wars and conflicts are in the colors of the ribbon of the campaign medal for award to individuals. (For earlier wars and conflicts, there are no corresponding campaign medals.) Unit citation streamers are in the colors of the service ribbon for wear by individuals of cited units. As applicable, bronze and silver stars are placed on streamers to denote battle, campaign or service credits. Each bronze star denotes one such credit, with a silver star being used in lieu of five bronze stars. The large number of credits earned for expeditionary service necessitates the use of three streamers to accommodate twelve silver and three bronze service stars, plus a silver "W" for the defense of Wake Island early in World War II. Two streamers are displayed for World War I service, and two are required to accommodate nine silver and two bronze stars for World War II Pacific service. Marine Corps streamer dimensions are 2 3/4 inches at the hoist by 3 feet on the fly.

Credit: The drawings on this page are based on information from Sea Flags, the outstanding web site maintained by FOTW Mailing List member Joseph McMillan.
 

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UNITED STATES UNIT CITATIONS
 

Presidential Unit Citation    Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard
 

Presidential Unit Citation    Army-Air Force
 

Navy Unit Commendation
 

Valorous Unit Citation    Army
 

Joint Services Meritorious Unit Commendation
 

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
 

Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
 

UNITED STATES BATTLE, CAMPAIGN & SERVICE STREAMERS
 

Revolutionary War    1775-83
 

Quasi-War with France    1798-1801
 

Barbary Wars    1801-05 & 1815
 

War of 1812    1812-15
 

African Slave Trade Patrol    1820-61
 

Operations Against West Indian Pirates    1820-30
 

Indian Wars    1835-42
 

Mexican War    1846-48
 

Civil War    1861-65
 

Expeditionary Service    1874-
 

Spanish-American War    1898
 

Philippine Insurrection Campaign    1899-1906
 

China Relief Expedition    1900-01
 

Cuba Pacification Campaign    1906-09
 

Nicaraguan Campaign    1912
 

Mexican Service    1914-17
 

Haitian Service    1915 & 1919-20
 

Dominican Campaign    1916
 

World War One    1917-18
 

Army of Occupation of Germany
 

Second Nicaraguan Campaign    1926-33
 

Yangtze Service    1926-27 & 1930-32
 

China Service    1936-39 & 1945-57
 

American Defense Service    1939-41
 

World War Two American Theater    1941-45
 

World War Two Pacific Theater    1941-45
 

World War Two European Theater    1941-45
 

World War Two Victory
 

Occupation Service
 

Korean Service    1950-53
 

National Defense Service    1951-75 & 1990-95
 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Service    1958-
 

Vietnam Service    1962-73
 

Southwest Asia Service    1990-95
 

Kosovo Campaign    1999-
 

PHILIPPINE COMMONWEALTH CAMPAIGN & SERVICE STREAMERS
 

Philippine Defense Service    1941-42
 

Philippine Liberation Service    1944-45
 

Philippine Independence Award
 

FOREIGN UNIT CITATIONS
 

French Croix d'Guerre    World War I
 

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
 

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
 

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
 

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Citation

 

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