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Posted: November 10, 2016

MARAD authorizes expeditionary medals for U.S. merchant mariners who served in Somalia


The following is excerpted from a bulletin released by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The complete bulletin containing more information and specific guidelines is available online.

In keeping with its tradition of honoring the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has authorized award of the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal (MMEM) for service aboard U.S.-flagged vessels in support of Operations Restore Hope and United Shield and related operations in Somalia from 5 December 1992 to 31 March 1995. To be eligible for award of the MMEM for Somalia service, civilian U.S. merchant mariners would have to have been employed on U.S.-flagged vessels actually engaged in direct support of Operations Restore Hope and United Shield and related operations.

For more information or to submit a copy of their certification of discharge, applicants can contact or call 202-366-2354.