Executive Order 10444

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Executive Order No. 8809 of June 28, 1941, establishing the Good Conduct Medal, as amended by Executive Order No. 9323 of March 31, 1943, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

‘‘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 ordered as follows:

‘‘There is hereby established the Good Conduct Medal, which shall include suitable appurtenances. Such medal may be awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force shall severally prescribe, to those enlisted men of the Army of the United States and the United States Air Force who on or after August 27, 1940, had or shall have honorably completed three years of active Federal military service, or who after December 7, 1941, have or shall have honorably served one year of active Federal military service while the United States is at war, or who at the time of the termination of their active Federal military service have not previously been awarded a Good Conduct Medal and have completed a period of honorable service of less than three years if any part of that period of service has been performed after June 27, 1950: Provided, that no persons, except persons separated from the active Federal military service by reason of physical disability incurred in line of duty, shall be awarded such medal for a period of service of less than one year.’’

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The White House,
April 10, 1953.


See Related:
  • Executive Order 9323, March 31, 1943
  • Transfer Order 30 of the Secretary of Defense dated December 10, 1948 (13 FR 8163)

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