Aleutian Islands are located in the North Pacific, hence the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal. A bronze star device on the ribbon indicates participation in the Aleutian Islands Campaign (3 June 1942 - 24 August 1943). A bronze arrowhead device denotes participation in the Landing at Attu (11 May 1943).
301st Amphibious Scout Company was only one of a multitude of army units, large and small, that were amphibious-qualified. 1st, 3d, 9th, 29th, 34th, 36th, 45th & 90th Infantry Divisions and 1st and 2d Armored Divisions underwent amphibious training prior to their respective roles in landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy & France. 6th, 7th, 23d (Americal), 24th, 25th, 27th, 31st, 32d, 33d, 43d, 77th, 81st & 96th Infantry Divisions and other army units conducted amphibious operations throughout the Pacific Theater. A significant number of units and individuals who served in the Aleutians later saw duty in other theaters.
The squadron - originally 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry - was a component of the Iowa National Guard prior to being called into Federal Service in January 1941. This means simply that all or most original members were natives of Iowa while vacancies, as they occurred, were filled randomly regardless of state or geographic area.