On a journey of discovery to historical sites? Download the TracesOfWar app directly on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Combat Action Ribbon

This Navy and Marine Corps decoration was introduced on 17th February 1969 by the Secretary of the Navy and was made retroactive untill March 1961. In 1999 it was decided that the decoration was to be retroactive from the date of 6th December 1941.

The decoration is for active participation in ground or surface combat for military with the grade of Colonel or lower. The individual had to be engaged in combat during specifically listed military operations under enemy fire. The performance under enemy fire had to be satisfactory.

The decoration is a ribbon only award in gold with thin centered red, white and blue stripes, a dark blue border stripe on the left and a red one on the right. It is to be worn on the right breast when the full-sized medals are worn on the left breast. Additional awards can only be awarded for sepreate conflicts or wars and are shown with a five-sixteenth inch gold star.

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abel, Brent Maxwell16-05-191626-12-2005more
Abele, Mannert Lincoln (USN)11-07-190316-08-1942more
Abercrombie, William Warner24-07-191404-06-1942more
Agerholm, Harold Christ29-01-192507-07-1944more
Ahrens, Edward Henry (USMC)04-11-191908-08-1942more
Albaugh, Daniel S.00-00-192620-03-1945
Allen, Walter Henry "Pappy"17-05-191523-04-1951more
Allender, Thomas Baldwin, Sr.00-00-191300-00-1973
Amos, Robert00-00-191724-10-1944more
Anderson, Albert00-00-191824-10-1944more
Anderson, Elman Adair (USMC)27-05-192303-09-1944more
Anderson, Richard Beatty26-06-192101-02-1944more
Auman, Joseph Martin04-01-192212-11-1942more