Executive Order 10448

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Signed by President  Dwight D. Eisenhower  Wednesday, April 22, 1953 Federal Register  page & date: 18 FR 2391, Friday, April 24, 1953
See the Notes section for a listing of Executive Orders affected by or related to the issuance of this Executive Order.

Executive Order 10448 of April 22, 1953

Establishing the National Defense Service Medal


By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:


  1. There is hereby established the National Defense Service Medal, with suitable appurtenances, for award, under such regulations as the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and the Secretary of the Treasury may severally prescribe, and, subject to the provisions of this order, to members of the armed forces of the United States who shall have served during any period between June 27, 1950, and a terminal date to be fixed by the Secretary of Defense.

  2. The regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force pursuant to paragraph 1 hereof shall be uniform so far as practicable and shall be approved by the Secretary of Defense. The regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to paragraph 1 hereof shall, so far as practicable, be uniform with the regulations prescribed for the other armed forces.

  3. No person shall be entitled to more than one award of the National Defense Service Medal.

  4. The National Defense Service Medal may be awarded posthumously.


Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower 
The White House,
April 22, 1953.

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