Wall of Honor


Untitled 2When a medal is awarded to a member of the armed services, a ribbon associated with that award is issued for the bearer to wear on their dress or working uniform. The first known award was the Badge of Military Merit established by George Washington. It fell into disuse after the Revolutionary War and was revived by General Douglas MacArthur as the Purple Heart. The front façade of the Pennsylvania Military Museum is decorated with representations of several military service ribbons that have been awarded to Commonwealth veterans throughout the last century.


Combat /Heroism

01 Medal of Honor

  Medal of Honor (est. 1876)  


02 Distinguished Service CrossDistinguished Service Cross (Army est. 1918)


03 Mavy CrossNavy Cross (USN est. 1919)


04 Air Force CrossAir Force Cross (USAF est. 1960)


05 Silver StarSilver Star (est.1918)



Personal Awards

06 Bronze Star  Bronze Star (est.1944)


07 Purple Heart  Purple Heart (est.1932)


08 Army Commendation MedalArmy Commendation Medal (est. 1941)


09 Navy Marine Corps Commendation MedalNavy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (est. 1960)


10 Air Force Commendation MedalAir Force Commendation Medal (est. 1958)


11 Coast Guard Commendation Medal Coast Guard Commendation Medal (est. 1947)


12 Prisoner of War MedalPrisoner of War Medal (est. 1985)



Campaign & Service Awards

13 World War One Victory MedalWorld War One Victory Medal (est. 1919)


14 World War Two Victory MedalWorld War Two Victory Medal (est. 1945)


15 Korean Service MedalKorean Service Medal (est. 1950)


16 Vietnam Service MedalVietnam Service Medal (est. 1965)


17 Pennsylvania Commendation MedalPennsylvania Commendation Medal [PA National Guard (est. 1949)


18 Thomas White RibbonMajor General Thomas R. White Ribbon [PA National Guard] (est. 1970)