My father earned three service medals in World War II: The American Campaign Medal, The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and The World War II Victory Medal. In 1985, upon the 40th Anniversary of World War II, the Russian Federation awarded a medal to US personnel who participated in the Murmansk Run.
The American Campaign Medal
Awarded for service outside the United States in the American theater for 30 days or within the continental United States for one year between 1941 and 1946.
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Awarded for service in the European-African-Middle Eastern theater for 30 days or receipt of any combat decoration between 1941 and 1945.
The World War II Victory Medal
Awarded for service in the United States Armed Forces between 1941 and 1946.
The Murmansk Run Medal
Awarded by the government of the Russian Federation upon the 40th anniversary of World War II to all sailors, armed guards, and merchant marines from the United States who participated in convoys to Murmansk during World War II.
Cuff Trim of Seaman First Class
The Navy Seaman’s cuff had one stripe for Apprentice Seaman, two stripes for Seaman Second Class, and three stripes for Seaman First Class. My father began his naval service as Apprentice Seaman, and was promoted to Seaman Second Class and then to Seaman First Class.
Armed Guard Mark
The Armed Guard Mark was worn midway between the left wrist and the elbow.