There's a variety of resources to obtain medals you've lost.  You can even research to find medals that you are entitled to but never received. To get medals issued or replaced you can "go through channels" and wait (and wait) or... you can do it yourself... online. One of the most complete sites on the Internet for such purposes is GruntsMilitary ( which sells replacement medals and ribbons for all branches.  What makes this site so valuable is that it provides detailed information about each medal which allows you to assess if you're eligible for a particular medal.


There is one award which is only in the form of a certificate.   The "Cold War Recognition" certificate is for all military personnel who have been honorably discharged and/or who served anytime during the period 2 Sep 1945 to 26 Dec 1991.  There is no medal authorized at this time but such medals may be obtain from private sources.  Simply put, this means anyone who served on the RICH is eligible for this certificate!

Below are links to a partial list of medals awarded to our shipmates. 


Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal


Cold War Recognition

Navy Occupation Service


Combat Action Medial

Navy Sea Service


Good Conduct Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal


Meritorious Unit Commendation

Vietnam Service Medal 



National Defense Service



Contributors to this page


Barnard Fred FT2 56-59             Boylan Joe RD2 67-70            Bates Scott EN3 70-72
Harbert Robert E FP1 54-55 Cudmore Dan BT2 68-71 Courtemanche Wayne RM2 71-73
Potoma Joe GM3 50-54 Dahl Bert LT 69-71 Kinne David J FTG3 70-74
Romanino Otto BT3 54-56 Dixon Larry RD3 65-67 Krueger Douglas Lee HM3 72-73
Spinozza Leonard F PN2 54-55 DuBois Marshall K SH2 62-66 Malloy Michael R IC1 75-77
Tarver Paul M RD3 54-56 Fields Robert W RDSN 61-63 Weber Chuck LTjg 76-77
Zolman David BT2 59-62 Schwartz John E BMSN 60-63 Wright Robert EN3 72-74
Sipos Warren G RM3 67-70
Spicer Edw D (Ted) SN 62-64
Wilson Wm L (Bill) FTG3 69-74




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