From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal
U.S. military medal ribbon. Military issue, Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon. The ribbon field consists of alternating, vertical imperial purple, white, bluebird, & flag blue stripes. The color purple employed in the medal ribbon represents self-sacrifice, while the color white symbolizes regeneration, and the color blue stands for universal friendship. In addition, the two (2) shades of blue are the colors utilized in the flags of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The Humanitarian Service Medal was established by President Gerald R. Ford per Executive Order 11965, dated 19 January 1977. The order provided for award for participation in a military operation of a humanitarian nature subsequent to 1 April 1975. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between December 1985 - January 1986. (Source: The Institute of Heraldry- http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil)
U.S. MILITARY MEDAL RIBBON. MILITARY ISSUE, HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL RIBBON, FULL COLOR. THE MEDAL RIBBON CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED METAL SUPPORT/SUSPENSION BAR OVER WHICH IS AFFIXED THE NYLON FABRIC RIBBON CONSISTING OF A FIELD OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL IMPERIAL PURPLE, WHITE, BLUEBIRD, AND FLAG BLUE STRIPES. THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER IDENTIFICATION, "VANGUARD / V 21-N" IS STAMPED UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SUPPORT/SUSPENSION BAR IN RECESSED, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE OBJECT IS TYPICALLY AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, BOTH OF WHICH ARE NOW DISJOINED, MISSING, AND COMPLETELY DISSOCIATED FROM THE OBJECT. THE COLOR PURPLE EMPLOYED IN THE MEDAL RIBBON REPRESENTS SELF-SACRIFICE, WHILE THE COLOR WHITE SYMBOLIZES REGENERATION, AND THE COLOR BLUE STANDS FOR UNIVERSAL FRIENDSHIP. IN ADDITION, THE TWO (2) SHADES OF BLUE ARE THE COLORS UTILIZED IN THE FLAGS OF OSD. THE HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL WAS ESTABLISHED BY PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 11965, DATED 19 JANUARY 1977. THE ORDER PROVIDED FOR AWARD FOR PARTICIPATION IN A MILITARY OPERATION OF A HUMANITARIAN NATURE SUBSEQUENT TO 1 APRIL 1975. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL)
Text of the manufacturer/supplier's stamp at the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "VANGUARD / V 21-N"
Item Weight: 2.1g
Item Length: 1.0cm
Item Width: 3.5cm
Item Depth: 0.5cm (Thickness)