Conspicuous Service Star
Conspicuous Service Star

To whom awarded:

  • Current New York State citizen, or
  • New York State citizen while serving on federal active duty, and
  • A current of former full-time military person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States or allied forces for purposes other than training since 6 April, 1917; Active Guard/Reserve(AGR) excepted, and
  • Who is currently serving under honorable conditions or who has been honorably discharged from active duty.


The Conspicuous Service Star may be awarded to any current New York State citizen or person who was a New York State citizen while serving on federal active duty; whose entire service was honorable and who were recepients of a unit commendations arising from combat while serving in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. The award of the New York State Conspicuous Service Star is based on prior award of at least one of the following unit commendations:

  • Distinguished Unit Citation/Presidential Unit Citation (Army/Navy/Air Force)
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Valorous Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy-Marine Corps)
  • Coast Guard Unit Commendation
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Air Force Gallant Unit Citation
  • Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

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

  • French Fourragere
  • French Croix de Guerre (World War I and World War 11)
  • French Medal Militaire
  • Belgian Fourragere
  • Belgian Croix de Guerre
  • Luxembourg Croix de Guerre
  • Netherlands Orange Lanyard
  • Military Order of William (Netherlands)
  • Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy)
  • Orden de Torre E Espada (Portugal)
  • Philippine Republic Presidential -Unit Citation (awarded prior to 1945)
  • Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
  • Chyssoun Aristion Andrias (Greece)
  • 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.


This medal shall be awarded only to those persons whose entire service was honorable and who were recepients of a unit commendation arising from combat. The New York State Conspicuous Service Star may be awarded posthumously to a designated survivor of the deceased. Not more than one New York State Conspicuous Service Star shall be awarded to any one person. For each succeeding award a medal device (New York State Shield) will be attached to the suspension ribbon and/or ribbon bar. These devices shall be:

Silver silver to represent one additional award.

Gold gold to represent five additional awards

How awarded:

Applications for the New York State Conspicuous Service Star will be made by using DMNA Form 106B-R or by letter request to this agency (DMNA) ATTN: MNHS-AD. All requests will be forwarded with substantiating documentation (i.e. Report of Separation from Active Duty -DD FORM 214, WD AGO FORM 53-55). Documentation must include Honorable Discharge, list of awards and indicate current New York State citizenship or New York State citizenship while serving on federal active duty. If you do not have in your possession the required documentation necessary for eligibility or require confirmation of your federal award entitlements, it is suggested you write to:

National Personnel Records Center,
Veterans Special Actions Division,
9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132


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