Awards & Honours of Captain America

Captain Steven “Steve” Rogers of the United States Army is best known as the superhero Captain America, but it should not be forgotten that he is still an active member of the United States Armed Forces and thus would have been awarded a number of both civilian and military awards and decorations for his notably service during World War II.

It has never been firmly established within the comic universe precisely what decorations Capt. America has been awarded, however with the release of the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger we can get an idea of some of his decorations and we can also make some assumptions based on both his actions in the comic books and by drawing parallels to other famous World War II American veterans, notably such as First Lieutenant Audie Murphy; one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

An obvious symbol that his uniform would universally depict would be that of his military rank of Captain in the U.S. Army.

Awards & Decorations in Captain America: The First Avenger (Earth-199999)

First of we can address the decorations shown in the The First Avenger.

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U.S. Army Distinguished Unit Citation

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U.S. Army Distinguished Unit Citation

First of we have the U.S. Army Distinguished Unit Citation (later called the Presidential Unit Citation), which is to be awarded to units on or after 7 December 1941 (the date of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of American involvement in World War II), that have displayed gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps (morale) in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign.

In the The First Avenger, Capt. America would have been awarded the Citation following his rescue of the Howling Commandos and the groups later storming of various Hydra bases and outposts. The other Howling Commandos would have also been awarded the Citation, while both Jacques “Frenchie” Dernier (a member of the French Resistance) and James Montgomery Falsworth, Lord Falsworth (a Field Marshal of the British Army, who was better known as Union Jack) would also have been eligible, it was still rare for foreign combatants to be awarded; with only the 2nd Armoured Division and the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment of the Free French Forces, and the 1st Fighter Group Força Aérea Brasileira of the Brazilian Air Force being the only non-U.S. recipients during World War II.

Basic Parachutist Badge

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Basic Parachutist Badge

Secondly we have the Basic Parachutist Badge, which is commonly referred to as “Jump Wings” or “Silver Wings”. As the name suggests to be eligible, one must have completed the Basic Airborne Course of the Airborne School of the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning in Georgia. This includes a three-phase course consisting of a ground phase, a tower phase, and a jump phase. To which by the end of this course, the participant will have completed five jumps in varying jump configurations, from a “no load” jump all the way to a full combat load jump at night.

In other words, this badge serves as evidence that Capt. America has received paratrooper training. In other words a military parachutist, meaning he is trained in parachuting into an operation and usually functioning as part of an airborne force. Which is appropriate as military parachutists and parachutes were first used on a large scale during World War II for troop distribution and transportation.

American Defense Service Medal

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American Defense Service Medal

Thirdly, we have the American Defense Service Medal. This medal was intended to recognise those in active military service/duty between the 8th September 1939 and the 7th December 1941.

Herein lies a problem however, as The First Avenger is established as being set in 1943, thus Capt. America is two years late to be eligible for the medal.

However, this anachronism can be excused as an easter egg, as the comic book iteration of Capt. America (Earth-616) would have been eligible for this medal, as he saw active service before the cinematic version. With his first portrayal in WWII happening in March 1941, the date of publication of his first appearance in Captain America Comics #1.

Purple Heart w/ Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

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Purple Heart w/ Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Fourthly, we have the Purple Heart w/ Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. Arguably one of the more recognisable of US military decorations, the Purple Heart is awarded n the name of the President of the United States to those wounded or killed,directly or indirectly, while serving, on or after 5th April 1917, with the U.S. military against an enemy combatant.

The attached Oak Leaf Cluster is a ribbon device to denote subsequent decorations and awards, the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster represents one additional award, while a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster is worn in lieu of five Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

Now, as Capt. America’s Purple Heart bears a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, this would suggest that he was injured twice while in combat and thus received a subsequent decoration.

Although, considering the time period, it could also denote that one his two Purple Hearts was awarded for meritorious service, as the Purple Heart was simultaneously also awarded for merit, until the establishment of the Legion of Merit in 1942.

 

It is possible that Capt. America would have received a third Purple Heart, for being believed killed in action in late April 1945, when he is hurled into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, after destroying Baron Zemo’s experimental drone plane with Bucky Barnes. This third could still be possible, when it was found Capt. America had in fact survived, but still received injuries, although he recovered.

Combat Infantryman Badge

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Combat Infantryman Badge

Fifthly, we have the Combat Infantryman Badge. This badge is awarded to infantrymen and Special Forces soldiers with the rank of Colonel or below, who have personally fought in active ground combat while assigned as members of either an infantry, ranger or Special Forces unit, of brigade size (Approx. 1500-3500) or smaller, any time after 6th December 1941.

Again, this suits Capt. America as the Badge was, alongside its non-combat contemporary, the Expert Infantryman Badge, were both created in November 1943 during World War II to enhance the morale and prestige of service in the infantry. Specifically, recognising the inherent sacrifices of all infantrymen, and that, in comparison to all other military occupational specialties, infantrymen face the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in action.

In the cinematic universe, the justification of Capt. America’s eligibility can be seen via his actions such as the rescue of the Howling Commandos and his work with the Commandos in later storming various Hydra bases and outposts.

Of course the Howling Commandos themselves would also have received this decoration, with the exception of both Jacques “Frenchie” Dernier and James Montgomery Falsworth, Lord Falsworth, as they are not an American citizens, but rather a French and British citizen respectively.

Howling Commandos Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

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Howling Commandos Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

While not necessarily an award or decoration, Capt. America would wear an embroidered patch of the insignia of the Howling Commandos.

Such patches are used by major formations of the United States Army. Each formation has a unique formation patch, and the U.S. Army is unique among the U.S. Armed Forces in that all soldiers are required to wear the patch of their headquarters as part of their military uniforms.

They are most commonly worn on the upper left shoulders of all U.S. Army uniforms, though they can be placed on other locations, notably a combat helmet. If worn on the upper right shoulders however, this denotes former wartime service. These “combat patches” are worn on the Army Combat Uniform but are not worn on the Army Service Uniform, rather a 2 inch metal replica is worn on the right breast pocket and is officially known as the Combat Service Identification Badge.

captcbnmarvelperuThus Capt. America would wear the insignia patch of the Howling Commandos, which in the cinematic universe is depicted as a small gold wing with white outlines, allegedly inspired in honour of Capt. America via the small wings located on the sides of his helmet.

Of course it should noted, that this insignia patch is fictional.

 

 

Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) Identification Pin

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Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) Identification Pin

While not necessarily an award or decoration, Capt. America would wear an identification pin of the insignia of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.).

The pins denote Capt. America’s service in the U.S. Army’s branch of the S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), which was a top secret American war agency during World War II, and which now continues in the modern day as the scientific division of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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v38_1024x1024For the United States Armed Forces military uniform, the arm-of-service pins (“U.S.” for the Regular Army) are worn on the upper lapels, the branch of service pins are worn on the lower lapels. Thus, Capt. America would wear the S.S.R. pins on the lower lapels of his military uniform.

Of course it should noted, that this identification pin is fictional.

Possible Awards & Decorations in the Mainstream Comic Book Universe (Earth-616)

Now from this point, this awards/decorations have never been confirmed nor seen in the cinematic universe, rather the allocation of these decorations is based on assumptions from both the mainstream comic book universe (Earth-616) and comparison to contemporary American veterans of World War II.

This section will be divided between American decorations and foreign decorations, primarily from Allied Powers, such as the UK, France, Poland, Belgium and possibly the Soviet Union and China, etc. As well other applicable foreign decorations. While some of these foreign decorations will align to some of Capt. America’s actions, others may very well have been awarded for a more propaganda reasoning, as Capt. America would have been a very well known figure among the Allied Powers, arguably as well known and regarded as the likes of the British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Finnish Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and the French General Charles de Gaulle, etc.

It should also be noted that as Capt. America is a fictional super-soldier, thus the reality of such an individual truly achieving this many decorations is unbelievable rare, although not impossible as First Lieutenant Audie Murphy, who received the Medal of Honor at the age of 19 years and is one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, received every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

Further the continuity of Capt. America’s actions in other conflicts involving the United States of America can be placed in doubt, due to simple fact that Marvel Comic’s regularly adjusts the timeline over the years, altering Capt. America’s original awakening from the ice in March 1964 (the publication date of his formal reintroduced in The Avengers #4) to more earlier years, which in turn discredits a number of his past actions and adventures as no longer being canon.

At the very least we know the original Capt. America played no active part in the Korean War, as instead the 1950s version of Captain America (William Burnside) and Bucky (Jack Monroe) are the ones who clashed with North Korean guerrilla fighters during this time.

We can also assume him played no active part in the Vietnam War, as this was a battlefield devoted to the mythos of the Punisher (Frank Castle).

Also these decorations are not being presented in any definitive order, thus their placement on this list is not in line with their official status or order of precedence, etc.

Awards & Decorations of the United States of America

Among this section will include awards and decorations from both the government and military of the United States of America, as well as various organisations and institutions based within the country, but unaligned with either federal or state bodies.

Medal of Honor (Army Version)

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Medal of Honor (Post 1944 Army Version)

It can assumed that Capt. America would receive the post 1944 army version of the Medal of Honor, considering his active years of service, for his acts of valour during World War II. It should be noted that the Medal of Honor, is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to U.S. military service members.

 

 

 

 

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organisations, the Ellis Island Medal is intended to pay homage to the immigrant experience and the contribution made to America by immigrants and their children, thus the medals are awarded to native-born and naturalised U.S. citizens. So it is fair to assume that Capt. America, a resident of New York City and a descendent of first-generation Irish immigrants, would have been awarded with this medal.

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction

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Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction

The highest civilian award of the United States of America. It is intended to recognise those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.” Both citizens, civilians, military personal and foreign nationals are eligible for the award.

We can assume that Capt. America would awarded the President Medal of Freedom with Distinction (Gold Eagle) based on his combined military and superhero contributions.

 

Cold War Victory Medal

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Cold War Victory Medal

This military medal is unofficial in most of the United States of America, although it is an official medal of the National Guard for the States of Louisiana and Texas, and also for the State of Alaska, but in ribbon form only. It its unofficial capacity it can be purchased, but not worn in uniform; nonetheless it is intended for any member of the United States military, or civilian employees of the federal government, who served in their positions honourably during the years of the Cold War, specifically 2nd September 1945 to 26th December 1991.

During this time in the comics, Capt. America was a member of the Avengers and thus focused primarily on super-heroics, nonetheless he was still an official soldier in the U.S. Army, and some of his super-heroics involved combat against allied and member states of the Soviet founded Warsaw Pact, perhaps most notably the USSR supervised Supreme Soviets, which included the likes of the Crimson Dynamo V (Dmitri Bukharin), Fantasia, Perun, Red Guardian (Josef Petkus), and Sputnik among its ranks; and the Soviet Super-Soldiers, who included Ursa Major (Mikhail Uriokovitch Ursus), Vanguard (Nikolai Krylenko), Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna) and the Crimson Dynamo V (Dmitri Bukharin) in its lineup.

American Campaign Medal

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American Campaign Medal

Awarded to recognise those military members who had performed military service in the American Theatre of Operations during World War II.

As this medal was for those who saw service between 7th December 1941 and 2nd March 1946, Capt. America should have been awarded this medal in the film The First Avenger as opposed to the American Defense Service Medal, which is more appropriate for his comic book iteration.

 

 

Distinguished Service Cross

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Distinguished Service Cross

The second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor. During World War II, just over 5,000 awards were made.

 

 

 

Silver Star Medal

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Silver Star Medal

The third-highest personal decoration for valour in combat that can be awarded by the United States military. It is primarily awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Legion of Merit

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Legion of Merit

Awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

It is typically awarded to Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force general officers and colonels, and Navy and Coast Guard flag officers and captains occupying senior command or very senior staff positions in their respective services.

Nonetheless it has been awarded to officers of lesser rank, senior warrant officers (typically in command positions at the rank of CW5), and to very senior enlisted personnel (typically in the rank of CSM and SMA in the Army, FLTCM and MCPON in the Navy, CMSAF in the Air Force and SgtMajMC in the Marine Corps), but these instances are less frequent, typically by exception, and the circumstances vary by branch of service.

Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

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Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

Awarded for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

It is possible that Capt. America’s Bronze Star might feature the “V” Device, which in the U.S. Army, the “V” is worn solely to denote “participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom Medal

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Freedom Medal

Awarded by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York City, to those men and women whose achievements have demonstrated a commitment to those principles which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed in his historic speech to Congress on January 6, 1941, as essential to democracy: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear.

 

Philadelphia Liberty Medal

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Philadelphia Liberty Medal

Awarded by the National Constitution Center of the United States of America to recognise leadership in the pursuit of freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

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Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

Awarded by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution to individuals in both the public sphere and business who have shown an outstanding commitment to President of the United States Woodrow Wilson’s dream of integrating politics, scholarship, and policy for the common good.

The Award for Public Service is given to individuals who have served with distinction in public life and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views.

While the Award for Corporate Citizenship is given to executives who demonstrate a commitment to the common good, usually through work in improving their local communities and the world at large.

Jefferson Award for Public Service – U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official

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Jefferson Award for Public Service – U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official

Awarded by the American Institute for Public Service, they are given at both national and local levels to ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.

We can assume that Capt. America would receive U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official out of the eight available Jefferson Awards for Public Service, due to his military position.

 

 

 

Soldier’s Medal

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Soldier’s Medal

Awarded by the United States Army, the criteria for this medal is:

“The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, including Reserve Component soldiers not serving in a duty status at the time of the heroic act, distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.”

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Awarded to recognise those military service members who had performed military duty in the European Theatre (to include North Africa and the Middle East) during the years of the Second World War.

Now this where we must make assumptions, as there is little consistency as to what campaigns Capt. America fought in during the European Theatre. However, we can assume based on his comic book history that he at least saw action in the following American named campaigns:

 

 

 

  • Air Offensive, Europe (Second European War): 4 July 1942-5 June 1944.
  • Normandy (Invasion of Normandy): 6 June 1944-24 July 1944.
  • Northern France (Operation Overlord): 25 July 1944-14 September 1944.
  • Southern France (Operation Dragoon): 15 August 1944-14 September 1944.
  • Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign): 15 September 1944-21 March 1945.
  • Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge): 16 December 1944-25 January 1945.
  • Central Europe (Invasion of Germany): 22 March 1945-11 May 1945.

Thus Capt. America took part in at least seven campaigns, making him eligible for one Silver Service Star (worn instead of five Bronze Stars) and two Bronze Service Stars. These starts are worn to denote subsequent awards or periods of service.

Further, as he is a trained military parachutist, he most likely would have received an Arrowhead Device, which denotes participation in an amphibious assault landing, combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or combat glider landing by a service member of the United States Army.

Of course as this is merely assumptions, it is very possible possible that Capt. America saw service in different or even more campaigns.

Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp

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Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp

Created in the aftermath of the Second World War to recognise those who had performed occupation service in either Germany, Italy, Austria, or Japan. To be eligible, one was required to have performed at least thirty consecutive days of military duty within a designated geographical area of military occupation. The Army of Occupation Medal was presented with a campaign clasp, denoting either European or Asian service, depending on the region in which occupation service had been performed. Campaign clasps were worn on the full sized medal only with no corresponding device when wearing the Army of Occupation Medal as a ribbon on a military uniform.

Based on his military history, Capt. America’s medal would bear the campaign clasp for Germany (9 May 1945-5 May 1955).

World War II Victory Medal

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World War II Victory Medal

Awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946.

 

 

 

 

Good Conduct Medal (Army)

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Good Conduct Medal (Army)

Awarded to any active-duty enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of “honourable and faithful service”. Such service implies that a standard enlistment was completed without any non-judicial punishment, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offences. If a service member commits an offence, the three-year mark “resets” and a service member must perform an additional three years of service without having to be disciplined, before the Good Conduct may be authorised.

Interestingly, during times of war, the Good Conduct Medal may be awarded for one year of faithful service.

 

Army Marksmanship Qualification Badges

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Army Marksmanship Expert Qualification Badge with Component Bars: Rifle, Bayonet, Pistol, Machine Gun, Grenade, Carbine, Auto. Rifle, Submachine Gun, Mortar.

These marksmanship badges are awarded by the U.S. military upon the successful completion of a weapons qualification course. There are three different qualification levels (highest to lowest): expert, sharpshooter, and marksman. Suspended from the badge are Army Weapon Qualification Clasps that indicate the type of weapon the individual has qualified to use.

As Capt. America is usually presented as the perfect solider, it can be assumed that he would receive the qualification level of expert, and as his time in the military began at either 1941 (comics) or 1943 (movie), he would only be eligible for Qualification Clasps of that period during his basic army training; from this we can assume that he would have received the Qualification Clasps for Rifle, Bayonet, Pistol, Machine Gun, Grenade, Carbine, Auto. Rifle, Submachine Gun, and Mortar.

Presidential Citizens Medal

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Presidential Citizens Medal

Awarded to recognise an individual American citizen “who has performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.”

We can assume Capt. America would receive this medal in light of his combined military service and superhero activities to the betterment of both his country and its citizens.

 

 

 

 

Congressional Gold Medal

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Congressional Gold Medal (Col. Charles A. Lindbergh Version)

Awarded to persons “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognised as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.”

As each medal is designed by the United States Mint to specifically commemorate the person and achievement for which the medal is awarded., they are all therefore different in appearance, and there is no standard design.

Thus, the medal awarded to Capt. America would be designed to commemorate both his military and superhero career, presumably featuring his profile and an iconic moment of his career, or most likely his shield.

The image used for this medal, is merely given as an example and is in fact the medal awarded to Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh for making his Orteig Prize-winning nonstop flight from Long Island in the State of New York to Paris.

Prisoner of War Medal

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Prisoner of War Medal

Awarded to any person who was taken prisoner or held captive, after 5 April 1917 (the date of the United States’ entry into World War I was 6 April), while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing Armed Force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The person’s conduct, while in captivity, must have been honourable.

Considering Capt. America did end up as the captive of the Nazi agent and terrorist Red Skull (Johann Shmidt) on a number of occasions, although he did escape, he would be eligible for the medal, as he was held captive (albeit temporarily) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States, and considering he escaped, his conduct, while in captivity, could be considered honourable.

Overseas Service Bar

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Overseas Service Bar (In this example, two years of overseas service are signified.)

An accoutrement on United States Army Army Service Uniform and previously on the Army Green (Class A) and the Army Blue (Dress Blue) uniforms that indicates a soldier has served six months of service in a combat zone. They are displayed as an embroidered gold bar worn horizontally on the right sleeve of the Class A uniform and the Army Service Uniform. Overseas Service Bars are cumulative, in that each bar worn indicates another six-month period. Time spent overseas is also cumulative, meaning one bar could be earned for two separate deployments totalling six months.

During World War II, the chevron was re-designated as the Overseas Bar and the patch adopted its current design of a horizontal bar. For those who had performed overseas service in both the First and Second World Wars, the Overseas Bar and Chevron were worn simultaneously. In 1953, the Overseas Service Bar had adopted its current name and the patch was now worn on the lower right sleeve, instead of the left.

If we follow his comic book history, Capt. America served throughout the entirety of World War II, from 1939 to 1945, thus he saw two extra years of service before the USA joined the conflict in 1941, for a combined six years.

Thus, this would make Capt. America eligible for twelve overseas service bars.

However, if we follow his cinematic portrayal or even just from the USA’s officially joined date on the 8 December 1941, he would be eligible for eight overseas service bars.

Interestingly, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was awarded a total of fourteen overseas service bars; three for World War I, nine for World War II and two for the Korean War. He was one of a very few United States service members who was not a prisoner of war to spend the entirety of World War II overseas.

Awards & Decorations of the Allied Powers & Other Foreign Nations

This section will detail the awards and decorations from foreign sovereign nations, primarily the Allied Powers during WWII, as well as various organisations and institutions that are not based within the United States of America.

Although both France and Belgium awarded Fourragères, this are typically given to military units as a whole. Thus they shall be omitted from this list, due to the focus on Capt. America’s individual awards and not those of the unit he may have been apart of, further there is no set confirmation if Capt. America fought in a singular unit throughout the war, as he may very well been moved about to different units when needed, due to his Super-Soldier status.

French Third Republic

Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour

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Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour

Awarded by the French government for excellent civil or military conduct delivered, upon official investigation.

While membership in the Legion is technically restricted to French nationals, foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive the honour; thus we can assume that Capt. America would have received the honour for his actions during World War II campaigns of the Air Offensive of Europe (Second European War), Normandy (Invasion of Normandy), Northern France (Operation Overlord), Southern France (Operation Dragoon), Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign) and the eventual liberation of France.

 

Cross of the Order of Liberation

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Cross of the Order of Liberation

Awarded by the French government to heroes of the Liberation of France during World War II. Very few people, military units and communes were ever awarded it; and only for their deeds during World War II.

We can assume that Capt. America would have received the honour for his actions during World War II and the liberation of France.

It should be that if Capt. America received the Cross of the Order of the Liberator in conjunction with the liberation of France, then he would not be eligible to also receive the Medal of a Liberated France.

 

 

Croix de guerre 1939–1945 w/ Bronze Palm

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Croix de guerre 1939–1945 w/ Bronze Palm

Awarded by the French government to honour people who fought with the Allies Powers against the forces of the Axis Powers at any time during World War II.

Recipients included those who fought during the Battle of France, with the French Forces of the Interior, or with the Free French Forces; on the Western Front, the Middle East Theatre, the Mediterranean Theatre, or the African Campaigns.

As on every Croix de guerre, there is at least one ribbon device, we can assume that Capt. America’s medal also bears one, presumably a Bronze Palm (palme en bronze), for those who had been mentioned at the army level (this is the highest degree).

We can assume Capt. America received the medal for his actions during World War II campaigns of the Air Offensive of Europe (Second European War), Normandy (Invasion of Normandy), Northern France (Operation Overlord), Southern France (Operation Dragoon), and Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign).

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Honorary Companion of the Order of the Bath

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Honorary Companion of the Order of the Bath

Awarded at the at the pleasure of the monarch of the United Kingdom. We can assume Capt. America would have received this honour due to his actions in World War II, like other notable American soldiers during the conflict, like U.S. Army General George S. Patton.

As Capt. America is neither a British nor Commonwealth citizen, his award would be only honorary, although he would still be entitled to use the suffix of “CB”.

Second Polish Republic

Order of the Cross of Grunwald, 2nd Class

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Order of the Cross of Grunwald, 2nd Class

Awarded by the Polish government to Polish or the allied military for valour or merit in combat with Nazi Germany, and after the end of the Second World War it continued to be awarded for outstanding merit in commanding or outstanding contribution to the development of the Polish Armed Forces.

We can assume Capt. America received this decoration for his actions in World War II during the Air Offensive of Europe (Second European War) and the liberation of Poland, while its grade of 2nd Class as opposed to 1st Class, can be attributed to the fact that most awards of this kind have the 1st Class usually reserved for heads of state and generals.

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Order of Kutuzov, 3rd Class

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Order of Kutuzov, 3rd Class

The 3rd Class was awarded by the government of the USSR to regimental commanders, their chiefs of staff, and battalion and company commanders for outstanding leadership leading to a combat victory.

We can assume Capt. America received the this decoration for his actions in World War II, and the 3rd Class was chosen as the commanders for a company are usually Captains or Majors, thus it is appropriate for Capt. America’s official military rank of Captain. Even though the possibility of an American receiving a Soviet award would be extremely rare, it is possible that an exception would be made for Capt. America considering his status as the first Super-Solider and his larger-than-life propaganda-level recognition. The choice of the Order of Kutuzov was chosen, as it had been awarded to foreign recipients (such as American General George S. Patton) and as of a lower grade of the arguably more appropriate Order of the Patriotic War and other such honours.

The award was maintained following the collapse of the USSR by the succeeding state of the Russian Federation. Nonetheless, Capt. America’s award would be the Soviet version.

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Luxembourg War Cross

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Luxembourg War Cross

Awarded by the Luxembourg Grand Duchy to recognise military service and feats of bravery by either Luxembourg citizens and members of the Allied Forces for acts of particular bravery or valour during the Liberation of Luxembourg.

While one of the rarest foreign decorations bestowed on allied troops due to the small number of combat operations that took place in Luxembourg, in contrast to other major conflicts that took in place other European nations like Belgium, France, and Germany. Nonetheless, due to Capt. America’s reputation and his actions in World War II during the campaigns of the Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign) and Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge), we can assume he received the cross.

Free Czechoslovak Republic

Military Order of the White Lion, 3rd Class Cross

Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 01.26.06 2 22.30.18 3Established by the government of Czechoslovakia to reward military merit, either personal acts of bravery or leadership.

We can assume Capt. America received the award for his actions in World War II, much the like American General George S. Patton did. The 3rd Class Cross was chosen as more appropriate, considering the 1st and 2nd Class were usually allocated to higher ranked military officers and heads of state.

Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945

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Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945

Awarded by the Czechoslovak government in exile in London to all Czechoslovak citizens, units and members of armies abroad, units and members of allied armies, that excelled in combat against fascism during World War II.

We can assume Capt. America received the award for his actions in World War II, much the like American General George S. Patton did.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingdom of Belgium

Croix de guerre/Oorlogskruis with 1940 Palm 

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Croix de guerre/Oorlogskruis with 1940 Palm

The Croix de guerre in French or Oorlogskruis in Dutch, is awarded by the government of Belgium for bravery or other military virtue on the battlefield during World War II

We can assume Capt. America received this award for his actions in World War II during the campaigns of the Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign) and Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge).

When the person being awarded the Croix de guerre was mentioned in despatches, this distinction was denoted by a device worn on the ribbon, either a small lion or a palm adorned with the monogram “L” (for Leopold III, the King of Belgium).

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Order of Orange-Nassau (5th Grade)

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Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Order of Orange-Nassau (5th Grade)

During World War II, the Order of Orange-Nassau was bestowed upon both members of the Netherlands military and members of foreign services who had helped liberate the Netherlands from Nazi German occupation, and those who helped liberate the former Dutch colonies in the Pacific.

Further, prior to 1996, the Order of Orange-Nassau consisted of five grades, from Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Office and to Knight; while honorary medals were issued in Gold, Silver and Bronze, but these were only affiliated with the Order (the bearers of the medal were not members of the Order). Of course, it is the prior 1996 version, that Capt. America would have been awarded.

The term “with Swords” denotes the military division of the order.

We can assume Capt. America received this award for his actions in World War II during the campaign of the Rhineland (Siegfried Line Campaign).

Kingdom of Norway

King Haakon VII’s Medal of Liberty

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King Haakon VII’s Medal of Liberty

Awarded by the Norwegian government to Norwegian or foreign military or civilian personnel for significant service to Norway during World War II. This service need not have been in direct contact with the enemy.

We can assume Capt. America received this award for his actions in World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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