Apply for a Conspicuous Service Cross, a Conspicuous Service Medal, or a Medal for Merit.

 

Requirements and links to applications for each medal are listed below. For more information or to receive a hard copy of an application, please contact Tiffany Latino in my office at 315-428-7632.


All completed applications can be sent to my district office:


800 State Office Building


333 E. Washington Street


Syracuse, NY 13202


Conspicuous Service Cross Eligibility Criteria:


            1. A current New York State Citizen OR


            2. A new York State citizen while serving on federal active duty AND


3. A current or former full-time military person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States or allied forces for purposes other than training since 1917; Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) excepted AND


4. Currently serving under honorable conditions or honorably discharged from active duty.


An individual must be the recipient of at least one of the following:


            1. Medal of Honor


            2. Distinguished Service Cross


            3. Navy Cross


            4. Air Force Cross


            5. Defense Distinguished Service Medal


            6. Distinguished Service Medal (Army)


            7. Distinguished Service Medal (Navy-Marine Corps)


            8. Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force)


            9. Distinguished Service Medal (Coast Guard)


            10. Silver Star


            11. Defense Superior Service Medal


            12. Legion of Merit


            13. Distinguished Flying Cross


            14. Soldier’s Medal


            15. Navy and Marine Corps Medal


            16. Airmen’s Medal


            17. Coast Guard Medal


            18. Bronze Star Medal


            19. Purple Heart


            20. Defense Meritorious Service Medal


            21. Meritorious Service Medal


            22. Air Medal


OR: As prescribed by NYS Military Law, were a prisoner of war, served at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, directly participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, or have been declared by the Department of Defense as killed or missing in action.


NOTE: Acceptable documentation for veterans who served at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194, is a certified copy of the application form for the Pearl harbor Commemorative Medal or the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc. membership card.


STANDARD: If you have previously been awarded the NYS Medal for Merit, you are not authorized to receive the NYS Conspicuous Service Cross. All above qualifying awards must have been earned while serving on federal active duty in the Armed Forced of the United States.


Please Click Here to access an application for the Conspicuous Service Cross.


Conspicuous Service Star/Medal For Merit Eligibility Criteria:


The general criteria for both awards require an individual to be:


            1. A current New York State Citizen OR


            2. A New York State citizen while serving on federal active duty AND


3. A current or former full-time military person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States or allied forces for purposes other than training since 1917; Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) excepted AND


4. Currently serving under honorable conditions or honorably discharged from active duty.




NYS Medal for Merit


Recipient of at least one of the following:


1. Joint Service Commendation Medal


2. Army Commendation Medal


3. Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal


4. Air Force Commendation Medal


5. Coast Guard Commendation Medal


6. Aerial Achievement Medal


7. Joint Service Achievement Medal


8. Army Achievement Medal


9. Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal


10. Air Force Achievement Medal


11. Coast Guard Achievement Medal


12. Gold Livesaving Medal


13. Silver Livesaving Medal


14. American Campaign Medal


15. Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal


16. European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal


17. Korean Service Medal


18. Vietnam Service Medal


19. Southwest Asia Service Medal


20. Combat Action Ribbon


21. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


22. Armed Forces Service Medal


23. Combat Infantryman Badge


24. Combat Medical Badge


25. Navy Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia


26. Mariner’s Medal (Merchant Marine- WWII)


27. Merchant Marine Combat Bar (WWII)


28. Kosovo Campaign Medal


29. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal


30. Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal


31. Navy Expeditionary Medal


32. Iraq Campaign Medal


33. Afghanistan Campaign Medal


34. Combat Action Badge


35. Army of Occupation Medal


36. Navy Occupation Service Medal


37. Korean Defense Service Medal


 


NYS Conspicuous Service Star


Recipient of at least one of the following:


1. Distinguished Unit Citation/Presidential Unit Citation (Army/Navy/Air Force)


2. Joint Meritorious Unit Award


3. Valorous Unit Award


4. Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)


5. Navy Unit Commendation


6. Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy-Marine Corps)


7. Coast Guard Unit Commendation


8. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award


9. Air Force Organizational Excellence Award


10. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation


11. Air Force Gallant Unit Citation


12. Air Force Meritorious Unit Award


NOTE: All awards listed above with the exception of the Presidential Unit Citation and Valorous Unit Award require additional evidence that award was made for combat participation.


13. French Fourragere


14. French Croix de Guerre (WWI or WWII)


15. French Medal Militaire


16. Belgian Fourragere


17. Belgian Croix de Guerre


18. Luxembourg Croix de Guerre


19. Netherlands Orange Lanyard


20. Military Order of William (Netherlands)


21. Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy)


22. Orden de Torre E Espada (Portugal)


23. Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation (awarded prior to 1945)


24. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation


25. Chyssoun Aristion Andrias (Greece)


26. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation


NOTE: Specifically excluded are the Army Superior Unit Award, Navy “E” Award Ribbon , and the United States Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation Ribbon.


STANDARD:  If you have previously been awarded or now qualify for the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, you are not authorized to receive the New York State Medal for Merit.


NOTE: All above qualifying awards must have been earned while serving on federal active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.


Please Click Here to access an application for the Conspicuous Service Star/Medal For Merit.