The United States of America: Humanitarian Service Medal

Ribbon: Light blue with a black central stripe and purple and white edges.

Instituted: 19 January 1977.

Awarded: To members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve components who, subsequent to April 1, 1975, distinguish themselves as individuals or as members of United States military units or ships by meritorious, direct, non-routine participation in specified significant military acts or operations of a humanitarian nature.

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