Authorized in 1986 by the American Congress and made official by President Ronald Reagan.
Ribbon is largely black in color and this thick stripe is bookended by a maroon / red, white, blue, and white striping pattern seen towards the edges.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
It is awarded to any person who was taken prisoner or held captive while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The person's conduct, while in captivity, must have been honorable. This medal may be awarded posthumously to the surviving next of kin of the recipient.
User Tags Detailing this Ribbon:
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