The Army of Occupation Medal was established by War Department General Orders Number 32 (1946).
Effective dates: The Army of Occupation Medal was awarded for qualifying service in the countries listed below between the inclusive dates shown:
Germany (May 9, 1945 - May 5, 1955) Austria (May 9, 1945 - July 7, 1955) Berlin (May 9, 1945 - October 3, 1990) Italy (May 9, 1945 - September 15, 1947) Japan (September 3, 1945 - April 27, 1952) Korea (September 3, 1945 - June 29, 1949)
Criteria: The Army of Occupation Medal was awarded for military service of thirty or more consecutive days of duty in one of the occupied territories after World War II.
Devices: Two clasps were authorized on the suspension ribbon to the Army of Occupation Medal: Germany and Japan.
The Berlin Airlift Device (a gilt C-54 aircraft with a 3/8 inch wingspan). This device is worn with the aircraft's nose pointed upward at a thirty degree angle towards the wearer's right sholder. It was given for ninty or more days consecutive service between June 26, 1948 - September 30, 1949, while assigned or attached to a unit participating in the Berlin Airlift.