As the first and only complete history of all personal awards and decorations of the United States' three sea services, this book serves as a valuable resource of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard awards. It also provides little-known historical information on the background and development of each award and decoration, along with details of its design and award criteria. Some never-before-photographs of rare Navy Medals of Honor are featured.
Fred L. Borch, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is regimental historian and archivist for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in Charlottesville, VA. He served twenty-five years as an Army lawyer, retiring in 2005. He is the author and co-author of many books and articles on military medals.
Charles P. McDowell, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer, has written many articles and books on medals and has served as a resource to the Navy Memorial Museum, the Army's Institute of Heraldry, and the awards branches of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. His research into the history of the Navy Cross and the Army's Distinguished Service Cross and his compilation of recipients of those decorations led to the unmasking of numerous impersonators.
Praise for Sea Service Medals
"For maritime historians and sea services personnel who are awarded medals for valor, performance and achievement Sea Service Medals is an invaluable reference source. The authors have meticulously written a book which includes the description, symbolism, historical background and criteria of each medal. A most informative and fascinating read."
"Sea Service Medals is an extraordinary work. Easy to read and well presented. The descriptions and historical backgrounds are extremely informative with new material that I was unaware of. This book is a must volume for every historian interested in the awards and decorations of the Sea Services, and every military museum library should have one in their reference stacks."
—Capt. Dean S. Veremakis, USNR (Ret.), President, Order and Medals Society of America Co-editor, Semper Paratus: Honors to the Coast Guard in World War II
"The authors have created an indispensable reference book that in one volume covers the subject of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard awards clearly and completely. In addition to its encyclopedic text, the book is valuable as well for the wealth of material in the notes that enable readers to pursue individual topics further."
"A unique history of sea service decorations and medals. Contains a wealth of information tracing the origin and evolution of medals and decorations awarded to the United States Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. This book, enhanced by exceptional color photographs, is an essential addition to the bookshelf of every serious naval historian and student of U.S. decorations and medals."
—Brigadier General Harry H. Bendorf, USAF (Ret.), Vice President, Orders and Medals Society of America