National Defense military service Rings forged from The National Defense Service Medal. This United States Armed Forces Service award was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.
National Defense Service Medal
This Service Medals were first intended to be a “blanket campaign medal”. It was awarded to service members who served honorably during a time of war or conflict. It may also be issued to active military members for any other period that the Secretary of Defense designates.
The National Defense service Medal was Established by President Dwight Eisenhower On April 22, 1953. It was established to recognize all service members who served during the Korean War. I also included those who did not serve in the war zone. The national Defense medals eligibility was expanded by executive orders issued in 1966, 1991 and 2003.
To date, the National Defense Service Medal has been awarded for four specific time periods, which roughly correspond to the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War eras as well as the Global War on Terrorism. It is also one of the three oldest service medals that is still being awarded. However, it is the only one that is awarded by all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
As the National Defense Service Medal has been awarded to all military personnel during four wartime periods, it has millions of recipients and is probably the most widely awarded medal in the history of the United States military, with the possible exception of World War II Victory Medal.