Yangtze Service Medal
Awarded forService on shore at Shanghai or in the valley of the Yangtze River between 3 September 1926 to 21 October 1927 and 1 March 1930 to 31 December 1932.[1]
Presented byDepartment of the Navy
EligibilityMembers of the US Navy and Marine Corps

The Yangtze Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created in 1930 for presentation to members of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps (and to a lesser extent, members of the United States Army). The Yangtze Service Medal is awarded for service in the Yangtze River Valley between September 3, 1926 and December 31, 1932, a period of significant unrest in the region.

The decoration may also be awarded for those military service members who served on permanent duty in Shanghai, China, provided such service was in direct support of landing operations in the Yangtze River Valley (e.g. Nanking incident of 1927). The Yangtze Service Medal was declared obsolete in 1940 when it was replaced by the China Service Medal.

The designer of the Yangtze Service Medal is John R. Sinnock of the Philadelphia Mint.[2] Sinnock was the eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1925 to 1947.

See also


  1. ^ "Yangtze Service Medal". History.navy.mil. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  2. ^ "YANGTZE SERVICE MEDAL (Navy and Marine Corps)". COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS FOR SALE. Foxfall Medals. Retrieved October 9, 2018.