a. Authorization. Navy Department General Order No.
10 of 28 January 1948.
b. Navy Occupation Service Medal Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to personnel in
the Naval Service who participated in the occupation of the
territories of the enemies of the United States during World War
I1 and subsequent to the surrender of these enemies.
(1) To establish eligibility, the individual shall
have been attached to, present, and serving on permanent duty
with an organization in the Naval Service of the United States
during those periods when such organization has been credited by
SECNAV, or a delegated fleet command, with having performed duty
in the occupation of enemy or former enemy national territory.
(2) Passenger, observer, visitor, courier, escort,
inspector or other similar status, when not permanently attached
to an eligible unit, is not creditable toward the Navy Occupation Service Medal.
(3) Occupation duty in the European-African-Middle
Eastern area may be credited to organizations for duty performed
on and subsequent to 8 May 1945. Terminal dates for eligibility
periods and occupation territories in this area are as follows:
Italy 15 Dec 47
Trieste 25 Oct 54
Germany (except Berlin) 05 May 55
Austria 25 Oct 55
Berlin 02 Oct 90
(4) Occupation duty in the Asiatic-Pacific area may
be credited to organizations for duty performed between
2 September 1945 and 27 April 1952. Occupation territory in the
Asiatic-Pacific area includes Japan and such territories
recognized as sovereign to Japan, and such parts of Korea and
such adjacent islands as are recognized to be Korean, but
exclusive of all the mandated territory formerly administered by
Japan, as are under the governmental control of the United
States or of an ally of the United States during World War 11.
Eligibility also includes ships operating in such home or
territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas in direct support
of occupation or aircraft based upon and operating from such territories or ships.
(5) Units performing service in the Korean area
during the period 27 June 1950 to 27 April 1952, inclusive, and
eligible for the Korean Service Medal, will not be credited with
eligibility for the Navy Occupation Service Medal (NOSM) for the
c. Subsequent Awards and Clasps. An individual may
only be awarded one Navy Occupation Service Medal (NOSM). Appropriate clasps marked "Europe"
and "Asia" are authorized to be attached to the suspension
ribbon of the large medal only to denote service in the
respective area. No distinctive device to denote these clasps
is authorized for wear on the ribbon bar. If earned, both
clasps may be worn.
d. Army of Occupation Service Medal. Individuals who
have been tendered the Army of Occupation Service Medal, and are
eligible for the Navy Occupation Service Medal (NOSM), are not entitled to both, but may elect
which one to accept.
e. Eligible Units. Lists of eligible ships and units
are maintained by CNO and CMC. If a ship or unit is not on the
list prior to 1 January 1958, entitlement to the medal will be
Authorized Devices: Gold Airplane
List of Navy Ships awarded Navy Occupation Service and China Service (extended) Medals