The Naval Reserve Medal is a decoration of the United States
Navy which was created by order of Secretary of the Navy James Paulding. The medal was first issued on September 12, 1938 and
was an active decoration until 1958. On September 12, 1958, the
Naval Reserve Medal was declared discontinued and was replaced
by the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. It is not to be confused with the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal which is a completely different decoration.
The Naval Reserve Medal was awarded to any member
of the United States Naval Reserve, the associated National Naval Volunteers, and local Naval militia units. To be awarded the
decoration, a service member was required to perform ten years of continuous service in one of the aforementioned components in
either an active duty, drilling reservist, or inactive status.
A bronze medal, bearing on the obverse an eagle
on a anchor. The reverse side has a band inscribed "UNITED
STATES NAVAL RESERVE" around the outer edge and "FAITHFUL SERVICE" in the center.
Authorized Devices: Bronze Star