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Where to Go for Replacement Medals and Ribbons

Have you lost military service medals, decorations, or awards that you or a family member earned and need to replace them? Find out how to request for replacements and what forms you will need to fill out.

Medals awarded while in active service will be issued by the appropriate service if requested by veterans or, if deceased, their next of kin.

Medals awarded while in active service are issued by the individual military services if requested by veterans or by the next of kin of deceased veterans. Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army veterans, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) verifies the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forwards requests and verification to appropriate service department for issuance.

For the Veteran: in general, the military services will work replacement medal requests for the veteran at no cost. This includes family members with the signed authorization of the veteran.

For the Next-of-Kin: the process (and cost) for replacement medals requests differs among the service branches and is dependent upon who is requesting the medal, particularly if the request involves an archival record.

For the General Public: if the service member separated from military service before 1954, the public may purchase a copy of the veteran’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) to determine the awards due and obtain the medals from a commercial source. If the service member separated after 1953, the public may request such information from the OMPF via the Freedom of Information Act.

Requesting Replacement Awards ands Medals

Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request with the verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals.

The eVetRecs is preferred for requesting medals and awards. Provide as much information as possible in the comments field. Should you prefer to submit your request using a SF180 then provide as much information as possible and send the form to the appropriate address from the following tables:

Army
  Where to write for medals   National Personnel Records Center
  1 Archives Drive
  St. Louis, MO 63138
  Where medals are mailed from   U.S. Army TACOM
  Clothing and Heraldry (PSID)
  P.O. Box 57997
  Philadelphia, PA 19111-7997
  Where to write in case of a problem or an appeal   U.S. Army Human Resources Command
  Soldier Program & Services Division – Awards & Decorations Branch
  ATTN: AHRC-PDP-A
  1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept 480
  Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

Air Force (including Army Air Corps &amp Army Air Forces)
  Where to write for medals   National Personnel Records Center
  1 Archives Drive
  St. Louis, MO 63138
  Where medals are mailed from   Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center
  AFPC/DPPPR
  550 C Street West, Suite 12
  Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714
  Where to write in case of a problem or an appeal   Headquarters Air Force Personnel Ctr
  AFPC/DPPPR
  550 C Street West, Suite 12
  Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714

Navy
  Where to write for medals   National Personnel Record Center
  1 Archives Drive
  St. Louis, MO 63138
  Where medals are mailed from   Navy Personnel Command
  PERS 312
  5751 Honor Drive

  Building 769 Room 158
  Millington, TN 38055-3120
  Where to write in case of a problem or an appeal   Department of the Navy
  Chief of Naval Operations (DNS-35)
  2000 Navy Pentagon
  Washington, DC 20350-2000

Marine Corps
  Where to write for medals   National Personnel Record Center
  1 Archives Drive
  St. Louis, MO 63138
  Where medals are mailed from   Navy Personnel Command
  PERS 312
  5751 Honor Drive

  Building 769 Room 158
  Millington, TN 38055-3120
  Where to write in case of a problem or an appeal   Commandant of the Marine Corps
  Military Awards Branch (MMMA)
  2008 Elliot Road
  Quantico, VA 22134

Coast Guard
  Where to write for medals   Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
  4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 900 (PSC-PSD-MA)
  Stop 7200
  Arlington, VA 20598-7200
  Where medals are mailed from   Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
  4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 900 (PSC-PSD-MA)
  Stop 7200
  Arlington, VA 20598-7200
  Where to write in case of a problem or an appeal   Commandant U.S. Coast Guard
  Medals and Awards Branch
  (PMP-4)
  Washington, DC 20593-0001

COLD War Recognition Certificate

In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified Federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

Who is eligible?
All members of the armed forces and federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991.
This Center will, upon request, provide copies of DD 214’s and other separation documents, as appropriate, to authorized requesters. These documents may be used to apply for the Certificate. Complete instructions for obtaining a copy of your DD 214 may be found on the National Archives website.

For more information concerning the application process visit the Army’s Cold War Recognition Certificate webpage.

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