Authorized by the United States Congress on July 20th, 1942 as an award for non-U.S. citizens.
The ribbon itself is simple, with a broad fuchsia stripe down the center bookended by white edges.
Award Criteria (as Officially Detailed by the United States Armed Services):
"It is conferred on officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States and on nationals of other countries who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services since Sept. 8, 1939, the date of the president's proclamation of the state of emergency that led to World War II. The Legion of Merit may be awarded for combat or noncombat services; in the case of American military personnel, if the award is for combat service it is shown by the wearing of a combat V device."
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