Navy Awards

These medals and ribbons were issued to navy personnel from 1940 to 2005, and are listed in order of precedence. Precedence determines the order in which ribbons are to be arranged on uniforms. To identify awards on a uniform, start with the ribbon in the upper left (highest precedence) and work across, then down each row. The ribbon in the lower right position has the lowest precedence.

(This chart is similarly arranged.)

To determine such miscellania as attachments and multiple awards, two manuals are especially useful: The Manual of Military Decorations and Awards from the Defense Department and SecNav Instruction 1650.1G from the Secretary of the Navy, current as of 1 January 2006.