State of Maine Bronze Star Honorable Service Recognition
Maine's Bronze Star Honorable Service Recognition program was launched at a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day – May 25, 2008 - to honor all Mainers who lost their lives in the line of duty while not in support of combat operations since Maine became a State in 1820 to September 10, 2001. Medal presentations were then made to families whose service members had died since September 11, 2001.
- Finish: Antique Bronze
- Diameter: 1.50 inches
- Thickness: .144 inches
- Die: Full sculptural medallic relief
- Ribbon: Full drape with color ribbon the same color as the blue in the American Flag
- Designed by: Local artist, Gary Cooper of Fayette, Maine
- Struck by: Medalcraft Mint, Inc. of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Certificate: A certificate will accompany presentation of medal.
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States (Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves) who were currently serving as an active member of the military and meet the criteria below may receive award of the Maine Bronze Star Honorable Service Medal. Only one medal will be issued to the primary next-of-kin per qualifying individual.
Criteria for Award
- Resident of Maine upon entry on qualifying active duty tour and
- Current resident of Maine
- Received Honorable Discharge
- Died while serving as a member in good standing of the Armed Forces of the United States since February 28, 1961
- Death was in the line of duty, but not required to be in support of combat operations
- Does not meet criteria for the Gold Star Honorable Service Medal
Families of qualifying individuals applying for the award must complete an application form and forward the request, along with a copy of DD Form 1300, Casualty Report, attesting the fact that an Honorable Discharge was granted and that the veteran was a resident of Maine at the time of entry on active duty. In addition, your request must include a copy of proof of relationship as father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother or sister. This proof may be copies of birth, marriage, baptismal certificates which clearly show relationship, or a notarized certificate.
Once eligibility has been verified, the Bureau of Veterans' Services will contact the veteran or family and schedule a presentation ceremony. Otherwise, if requested, the medal and certificate will be mailed.