Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Public Affairs, Washington, DC, 20301
March 21, 2000
RETROACTIVE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON ELIGIBILITY
FOR NAVAL VETERANS FROM 1941 TO 1961 ANNOUNCED.
Navy & Marine Corps veterans who served in combat in or after World War
II are now eligible to receive the Combat Action Ribbon (CAR). Secretary
of the Navy Richard Danzig has recently authorized this award fro those
who served in combat, but never received their CAR.
"At the time when we are focusing on the contributions of these great
Americans, this seems especially fitting," said Danzig.
In order to be eligible for the CAR, veterans must have participated in
ground or surface combat after Dec. 6, 1941, but before March 1, 1961,
and cannot already have been recognized for the same participation.
Under Public Law 106-85, Danzig can award the CAR to veterans
retroactively. The time period required for submission is being waived
in all cases. Two blocks of time have been designated by Danzig for
eligibility of the CAR; World War II: Dec. 7, 1941 - April 14, 1946,
and Korea: June 27, 1950-July 27, 1954.
Navy Veterans who served during these periods may write directly to the
Navy Awards Branch for settlement at:
Chief of Naval Operations (NO9B33)
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D. C. 20350-2000
The following information must be provided:
Standard Form 180 or cover letter with the following information:
Full name, social security number, service number (if applicable), period
of eligibility, unit assigned at the time, and mailing address.
Copy of Naval Personnel Form 553 or Defense Department (DD) Form 214;
DD215 (if applicable).
Additional substantiating documentation (optional): Copies of Combat
awards; copies of evaluations; muster sheets or orders showing assignment
to the unit for the period requested.
A special section will handle these requests, but no other awards may be
requested in conjunction with the CAR. Only CAR requests dated after
March 15, 2000, and in accordance with the prescribed guidance will be
forwarded to the board for decision. Any prior requests must be
If a veteran cannot provide the required documentation, a request for
personal record information must be submitted to the St. Louis Records
Center before submitting the request to the Navy Awards Board.
If a veteran desires to address a different period of time, a request to
review the period may be sent, with substantiation documentation, to the
navy Board of Decorations and Medals at the above address.