Emory Ronald Coffman

Korean War
Service #79594
RankLieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Entered Service From
Alabama
Date of DeathApril 20, 1951
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court 8
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

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Legion of Merit

The Legion of Merit, established by Act of Congress on 20 July 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 29 October 1942 and 15 March 1955, is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a friendly foreign nation who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch, specialty, assignment or experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. Justification for this award may accrue by the virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions. In peacetime, the service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an exceptionally difficult duty performed in a clearly exceptional manner.

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Air Medal

The Air Medal, established by Executive Order on 11 May 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 11 September 1942, is awarded to a person who, while serving with the United States Armed Forces, has distinguished himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may recognize single acts of heroism or merit, or may recognize sustained meritorious service over a period of six months or more. The Air Medal primarily recognizes personnel on flight status requiring frequent participation in aerial flight. It may be awarded to personnel not on flight status whose duties require frequent flight other than in a passenger status. The Air Medal ranks behind the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

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