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Prior to 1 July 1945 no individual was entitled to an area campaign medal for temporary or temporary additional duty unless such duty included a period of at least thirty (30) days in a designated area or unless he engaged in combat with or was subject to attack by enemy forces.In the latter case he became eligible immediately upon the occasion of the attack or combat without reference to time limit.(NOTE:--Any ship which has been awarded a Presidential Unit Citation or Navy Unite Commendation for meritorious participation in an action or campaign for which a combat star has been authorized is entitled to that combat start.) The code numbers given to the operations and engagements in Part III are composed of a letter and digit.The letter indicates the Theater of Operation, the digit, the Specific Campaign.
A Star is authorized for each attack on enemy submarines which have been given an "A" or "B" assessment. Personnel who were attached to MTBS 2 during part of that period are not automatically eligible unless they actively participated in the Guadalcanal Area.
The Chief of Naval personnel, Commandant, United States Marine Corps and Commandant, United States Coast Guard have issued the necessary orders for appropriate entries to be made in the records of personnel entitled to the area campaign medals, for other required reports and records, and for procedure in case records are lost or destroyed.
Stars authorized for actual combat in operations and engagements, as authorized by the Chief of Naval Operations, will be worn on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon of the respective Area Campaign medals and will be known as engagement stars.
Passengers.--No individual en route in a purely passenger status, i.e., observer, visitor, courier or escort, shall become eligible for any area campaign medal unless he or the means of conveyance on which he is traveling is attacked by or engages in combat with the enemy.
In the latter case, he shall immediately become eligible for the appropriate medal upon the occasion of the attack or combat.