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A war service medal to be known as a Victory Medal will be awarded to all persons in the naval service who served on active duty between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918, or who entered the naval service on or after 12 November 1918, and prior to 30 March 1920, and served not less than 10 days on shore in Northern Russia or Siberia or who were attached to one of the following vessels: Albany, Brooklyn, Des Moines, Eagle No. 1, Eagle No. 2, Eagle No. 3, New Orleans, Sacramento, South Dakota, or Yankton.

  1. A service clasp with the duty inscribed thereon to be worn on the ribbon of the medal will be authorized for each person who performed any of the duties designated below. No one will be entitled to more than one service clasp.

    1. Transport - Regularly attached to a transport or cargo vessel for one voyage across the North Atlantic between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918.

    2. Escort - Same as (a) above.

    3. Armed guard - Same as (a) above.

    4. Grand Fleet - Regularly attached to any vessel forming part of the Grand fleet between 9 December 1917, and 11 November 1918.

    5. Patrol - For service on the high seas on such duty east of the thirty-seventh meridian and north of the Equator, between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918, and on the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean north of the Equator between 25 May 1918, and 11 November 1918.

    6. Submarine - Same as (e) above.

    7. Destroyer - Same as (e) above.

    8. Aviation - Same as (e) above.

    9. Naval battery - For service on such duty from 10 July 1918 to 11 November 1918.

    10. White Sea - For service on any vessel which made a Russian port during such service from 6 April 1917, to 11 November 1918, or any combatant ship in a Russian port on the White Sea not less than 10 days from 12 November 1918, to 31 July 1919.

    11. Asiatic - For service on any vessel which made a Siberian port during such service from 6 April 1917, to 11 November 1918, or any combatant ship in a Siberian port not less than 10 days from 12 November 1918, to 30 March 1920.

    12. Mine laying - For service on such duty from 26 May 1918, to 11 November 1918.

    13. Mine sweeping.-For service on such duty from 6 April 1917, until mine sweeping was completed.

    14. Salvage - For service on such duty from 6 April 1917, to 11 November 1918.

    15. Atlantic Fleet - For service on such duty from 25 May 1918, to 11 November 1918.

    16. Overseas - For service on shore in allied or enemy countries of Europe from 6 April 1917, to 11 November 1918.

    17. Mobile base - For service on tenders and repair vessels on such duty east of the Thirty-seventh meridian and north of the Equator between 6 April 1917, to 11 November 1918.

    18. Submarine chasers - For service on the high seas on such duty east of the thirty-seventh meridian and north of the Equator between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918, and on the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean north of the Equator between 25 May 1918, and 11 November 1918.

    19. Battle clasps. For service in the following specified major operations, one for service in each such operation:

      1. Aisne, 1 June 1918, to 5 June 1918.

      2. Aisne-Marne, 18 July 1918, to 20 July 1918.

      3. St. Mihiel, 12 September 1918, to 16 September 1918.

      4. Meuse-Argonne, 29 September 1918, to 10 October 1918, 21 October 1918, to 22 October 1918; 25 October 1918 to 11 November 1918. (Only one Meuse-Argonne battle clasp to an individual.)
        1. Defensive-sector clasp - For service, irrespective of awards for major operations, one only being awarded, notwithstanding that service may have been rendered in more than one defensive sector:

          1. Toulon-Troyon sector (Lorraine), 18 March 1918, to 13 May 1918.

          2. Chateau-Thierry sector (Ile de France), 6 June 1918, to 16 July 1918.

          3. Marbache sector (Lorraine), 6 August 1918, to 16 August 1918.

          4. Limey sector (Lorraine), 10 September 1918, to 11 September 1918.

        2. West Indies - A clasp inscribed "West Indies" is authorized to be worn on the ribbon of the Victory Medal by all persons in the naval service who served in Haiti, Santo Domingo, Cuba, or the Virgin Islands between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918, both dates inclusive. This does not modify the existing order that no one will be entitled to more than one clasp issued by the Navy Department for the Victory Medal.

        3. Russia - For service on shore in Northern Russia from 12 November 1918, to 31 July 1919.

        4. Siberia - For service on shore in Siberia from 12 November 1918 to 30 March 1920.

        5. France - Personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps who sailed from the United States prior to 11 November 1918, enroute to France, regardless of the date of arrival in that country, or the fact that they returned to the United States without disembarking, are eligible for the Service Clasp of that country. (Approved SecNav 5 October 1940.)

        6. England - Personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps who sailed from the United States prior to November 11, 1918, enroute to England, regardless of the date of arrival in that country, or the fact that they returned to the United States without disembarking, are eligible for the Service Clasp of that country. (Approved SecNav 5 October 1940.)

        7. Italy - Personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps who sailed from the United States prior to 11 November 1918, enroute to Italy, regardless of the date of arrival in that country, or the fact that they returned to the United States without disembarking, are eligible for the Service Clasp of that country. (Approved SecNav 5 October 1940.)

      5. A bronze star, three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, will be placed on the service ribbon in lieu of clasp authorized. When any person has been commended as the result of the recommendation of the board of awards by the Secretary of the Navy for performance of duty during World War I not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Medal, or a Navy Cross, he shall wear a silver star for each such citation.

      6. A bronze Maltese cross, three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, will be placed on the service ribbon for those officers and men of the Marine Corps and Medical Corps, United States Navy, who were attached to the American Expeditionary Forces in France any time between 6 April 1917, and 11 November 1918, and who are not entitled to any battle clasp provided for by General Order No. 83, War Department, 30 June 1919.

      7. The clasps for the Victory Medal designated in paragraph (2) for service on ships will be awarded as shown in the following list. Service on any ship listed, between the limiting dates given, will entitle a person to the clasp designated (N. D. G. O. No. 482 of 30 July 1919):

The following contains a list of United States Navy Ships for World War I
(information obtained from Navy and Marine Corps Award Manual 1953)
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