What's New

  1. April 30, 2002 - Site relaunched.
  2. December 27, 2002 - Austro-Hungarian Empire, Republic of Austria 1918-1938, Republic of Austria 1945-, Hungarian People's Republic 1949-1989, Hungarian Republic 1989- updated.
  3. December 28, 2002 - Republic of Egypt, Kingdom (Regency) of Hungary 1918-1944, Hungarian Republic 1945-1949, Korean Democratic People's Republic updated; Czechoslovak Socialist Republic 1945-1990, Russian Empire, Vietnam Republic, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia added.
  4. January 4, 2003 - Australia updated.
  5. January 12, 2003 - United Kingdom updated.
  6. January 29, 2003 - Canada updated.
  7. January 30, 2003 - United Kingdom orders, decorations and medals before 1914 added.
  8. February 2, 2003 - Republic of India and international decorations added.
  9. February 3, 2003 - The USAF Air and Space Campaign Medal and AF Recruiter Ribbon added to the US military chart.
  10. February 7, 2003 - Public Health Service medals and military associations medals added to US charts.
  11. February 11, 2003 - Poland's charts transferred from the Polish sub-section (new layout) and institution years added to US military decorations.
  12. February 24, 2003 - Brunei Darussalam updated.
  13. March 9, 2003 - US civilian awards (chart 2) updated, Malaysian federation awards updated, a number of state awards of Malaysia added.
  14. March 13, 2003 - Malaysian Red Crescent Society and St. John Ambulance Malaysia added.
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  15. March 15, 2003 - Malaysia (Sarawak) updated.
  16. March 17, 2003 - War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and War on Terrorism Service Medal added to US military medals, UK medals updated.
  17. March 19, 2003 - Malaysia (Federation and state awards) updated.
  18. April 17, 2003 - Malaysia state awards (especially Sarawak) updated; New US military and NASA medals added.
  19. April 27, 2003 - Philippines substantially updated.
  20. May 16, 2003 - New Department of Transportation awards added to US page.
  21. May 26, 2003 - Alberta Emergency Services Medal added to Canada page.
  22. May 26, 2003 - Big German Democratic Republic (East Germany) page added.
  23. June 1, 2003 - Decorations of the Polish Monarchist Movement updated.
  24. June 26, 2003 - British Columbia Fire Fighters Medal of Bravery added to Canada.
  25. June 26, 2003 - Big Third Reich Page (including decorations of the German states until 1918) added.
  26. August 1, 2003 - Selangor, Malaysia the Most Distinguished Order of Sultan Sharafuddin updated (thanks John).
  27. August 12, 2003 - Republic of India updated.
  28. August 13, 2003 - US Ribbon Checker updated and detected errors hopefully removed.
  29. August 24, 2003 - Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary medals added; three new NATO medals added to Medals of International Organizations.
  30. September 11, 2003 - Canadian Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Bravery added and some institution years updated.
  31. September 13, 2003 - UK chart corrected and updated, now with institution years (I'll owe if anyone can send me an image of the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service Medal); new UK chart with orders and medals awarded before 1914 added.
  32. September 16, 2003 - Some new additions to UK, Australia and New Zealand updated.
  33. September 17, 2003 - The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-90) updated; The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1990-) added.
  34. September 23, 2003 - Empire of Iran added.
  35. September 27, 2003 - Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan added to UK medals.
  36. November 12, 2003 - Decorations and Medals of the Italian Republic added.
  37. November 13, 2003 - Some new decorations added to the Italian Republic page.
  38. November 29, 2003 - Italian Ribbon Checker added.
  39. November 30, 2003 - Order of Lakandula of the Philippines corrected.
  40. December 5, 2003 - Perak, Malaysia updated.
  41. December 21, 2003 - Ribbon of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service Medal added to UK chart, ribbon of the Vanuatu Independence Medal corrected (thanks Martin).
  42. December 28, 2003 - US Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon added (thanks Henry).
  43. December 29, 2003 - Republic of Vanuatu added, the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 corrected (thanks Woody).
  44. January 2, 2004 - Oceania countries added: Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands; corrected color shades of some Australian (thanks Chris), Brunei, UK and NATO ribbons; new NATO Meritorious Service Medal added to the international decorations page.
  45. January 3, 2004 - Republic of Fiji added.
  46. March 6, 2004 - Added Principality and Kingdom of Romania 1861-1947, Iraq Campaign Medal, 2003 added to UK chart and Public Service Long Service & Good Conduct Medal added to Papua New Guinea chart, links page updated.
  47. March 13, 2004 - Malaysia Fire and Rescue Services medals updated.
  48. March 15, 2004 - NATO Medal (International Security Assistance Force) added to international medals' chart, Fiji Meritorious Service Decoration added.
  49. March 20, 2004 - Alberta Special Constables Long Service Recognition Medal added to Canada.
  50. April 1, 2004 - Orders and Medals of the Republic of Romania added.
  51. April 14, 2004 - Zivil-Verdienstmedaille ("Ziviles Signum Laudis") added to the Orders and Medals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  52. May 3, 2004 - Added the decorations and medals of the Principality and Kingdom of Bulgaria, 1878-1946 and of the People's Republic of Bulgaria, 1947-1950.
  53. July 12, 2004 - The "60 Years of Liberation of Republic Belarus from Fascist Occupation" Medal and Canadian General Campaign Star and General Service Medal added.
  54. July 29, 2004 - Kingdom of Nepal added; Orders and Medals of Agricultural Merit and of Educational Merit, as well as the Decoration of Honor of the Romanian Eagle added to the Republic of Romania.
  55. August 16, 2004 - Canada page updated: added the Ordre du Bon Temps of Nova Scotia and medals awarded to cadets. Special thanks to Mr. Andrzej Malkowski and to Lt. Rodney J. R. Turcotte, Canadian Navy.
  56. August 19, 2004 - Kingdom of Norway added.
  57. August 20, 2004 - The Overseas Service with UN Missions Medal, Presentation of Police Colors Medal, Fire and Rescue Meritorious Service Star and some installation medals added to Malaysia.
  58. August 24, 2004 - The Decoration and Medals for Distinguished Merit of the Ministry of State Security added to the East Germany page.
  59. August 30, 2004 - A new RANK INSIGNIA OF THE WORLD section opened. This is meant as supplementary to http://www.rankinsignia.info/ and will contain the ranks of these countries and services, which are not included therein.
  60. August 30, 2004 - The insignia of the Austro-Hungarian Navy until 1918 added to the Rank Insignia section.
  61. September 1, 2004 - The Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon added to US military decorations; AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon corrected.
  62. September 1, 2004 - Please note my NEW e-mail address: l_gaszewski@o2.pl.
  63. September 27, 2004 - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea substantially updated; the NZ General Service Medal - Iraq 2003 added to New Zealand page (thanks to Mike Smith), Australia order of precedence corrected, colors of some UK ribbons corrected (thanks to Chris Woodcock).
  64. October 1, 2004 - US National Guard of particular states finally addedd! Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas for a start.
  65. October 8-18, 2004 - Server was down due to some technical problems, sorry and thanks to all the fellows who sent e-mails with the good words.
  66. October 19, 2004 - Canadian decorations ribbon checker added.
  67. October 22, 2004 - Ribbon of the Grand Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic added to the Italian decorations.
  68. November 18, 2004 - The Order of Bravery and Loyalty, Order and Medal of Industrial and Commercial Merit and Decoration for Civilian Service added to the Republic of Romania; Police Medal for Service in Afghanistan added to the page of Norway; two new UN medals added to the International page; United Kingdom and New Zealand pages updated.
  69. November 23, 2004 - The Afghanistan Medal and Iraq Medal added to Australia.
  70. December 17, 2004 - The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal and Army Cadet League of Canada Service Medal added to Canadian medals.
  71. December 30, 2004 - The Order and Medal of Diplomatic Merit added to the Republic of Romania.
  72. January 11, 2005 - Socialist Republic of Romania updated.
  73. January 14, 2005 - The Malaysian Service Medal added to Malaysia, Australia, UK and New Zealand pages.
  74. January 25, 2005 - Republic of Romania Long Service Decorations corrected; Estonian Army and Navy ranks 1936-1940 added to rank section.
  75. February 9, 2005 - The Installation of HM Tuanku Ja'afar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan as X Agong of Malaysia Medal added to Malaysian medals.
  76. February 16, 2005 - Link page updated.
  77. February 22, 2005 - Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal added to US page.
  78. April 14, 2005 - Ribbons of medals prior to 1939 added to US page; US commemorative medals section updated.
  79. April 17, 2005 - The Queensland Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal added to Australia.
  80. April 19, 2005 - The NATO Accession Medal added to Hungary.
  81. April 21, 2005 - The 50th Anniversary of Mount Everest Climbing Commemorative Medal added to Nepal.
  82. April 23, 2005 - Italian ribbon checker redesigned.
  83. May 15, 2005 - California, Colorado, Connecticut National Guard added.
  84. May 16, 2005 - The Frontier Guard Medal of Merit and Multinational Division Central-South Commemorative Medal added to Poland; Honorary Blood Donor Decoration - Meritorious to National Health updated.
  85. May 18, 2005 - The South Australia Department for Correctional Services Service Medals (special thanks to Heather Murchie).
  86. May 27, 2005 - Empire of Iran updated.
  87. May 30, 2005 - Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii National Guard added (very special thanks to Gary E. Nelson for his assistance).
  88. June 2, 2005 - Civil Air Patrol awards and Presidential Champions Medal added to US awards.
  89. June 6, 2005 - Saskatchewan awards updated in Canada.
  90. June 12, 2005 - Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Operation in Côte d’Ivoire and Operation in Burundi added to UN medals.
  91. June 15, 2005 - Secretary of Defense Award for Valor and Secretary of the Army Award for Valor in US page reversed.
  92. June 16, 2005 - Switzerland added.
  93. June 19, 2005 - Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana added to US National Guard.
  94. July 30, 2005 - The Service Medal for Iraq added to Norway.
  95. August 20, 2005 - Rhodesia and Zimbabwe added.
  96. August 31, 2005 - The Alberta Centennial Medal added to Canada (special thanks to Lt. Jonathan Gloss).
  97. September 6, 2005 - French Republic added.
  98. October 6, 2005 - South Australia Department for Correctional Services medals updated (special thanks to Ms. Heather Murchie)
  99. September 28, 2005 - US Rackbuilder ENTIRELY redesigned.
  100. October 14, 2005 - Canadian Rackbuilder ENTIRELY redesigned. Canada and international: European Security and Defence Policy Service medals (ESDP) added (special thanks to Lt. Jonathan Gloss and Capt. Fiona G. McLean).
  101. October 18, 2005 - Several new provincial medals added to Australia (thanks to MSM Awards); some corrections to the order of precedence.
  102. October 31, 2005 - Added Canadian Air Cadet Long Service Medal and Security & Military Police Medal and Australian Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade LSM. Special thanks to Dave Jones and Russel Kemp.
  103. January 3, 2006 - The Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami) added to New Zealand; order of precedence corrected.
  104. March 8, 2006 - My ISP has recently changed the server and all PHP scripts have to be redone. It may take a couple of days as I am now busy with another business. In the meantime the rackbuilders will not be operational. Sorry for any inconvenience, I will try to make them work as soon as possible.
  105. March 15, 2006 - Finally! US Ribbon Rackbuilder operational again. Added the National Guard of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.
  106. March 16, 2006 - Canadian and Italian Ribbon Rackbuilders operational again.
  107. March 17, 2006 - My NEW e-mail address: lgaszewski@lava.pl.
  108. March 18, 2006 - Added the National Guard of Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Montana.
  109. March 22, 2006 - The National Guard of Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New Mexico added to US.
  110. March 27, 2006 - The National Guard of North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon added to US.
  111. April 1, 2006 - State and NG awards of New York asses to US.
  112. April 4, 2006 - The National Guard of Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and South Dakota added to US.
  113. April 19, 2006 - ALL NATIONAL GUARDS and the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) completed.
  114. April 25, 2006 - The Australian Defence Medal, ACT Ambulance Service Meritorious Service Award and NSW Fire Brigades Medal for Conspicuous Bravery added to Australia (special thanks to Mr. Peter Thomson).
  115. April 30, 2006 - Polish Republic, 1990- updated.
  116. May 2, 2006 - Civil Air Patrol National Commander's Unit Citation Award (special thanks to 1st Lt. Charles E. (Chuck) Corway, CAP) and Hawaii National Guard Medal of Honor added.
  117. May 4, 2006 - The Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award added to US.
  118. May 22, 2006 - Ordre de la Pléiade of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie added to Canada and International awards.
  119. May 30, 2006 - The new Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation added to US.
  120. June 9, 2006 - Provincial medals added to Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, Canada, Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri added to Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 100th Anniversary of the Royal House Medal added to Norway.
  121. June 11, 2006 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Legion of Merit and CGA 'E' Award added to US, CGA ribbon colors corrected, the Secretary of Defense Award for Valor and Secretary of the Army Award for Valor ribbons reversed.
  122. June 22, 2006 - UNMIS - Mission in the Sudan Medal added to UN medals.
  123. July 4, 2006 - To celebrate the Independence Day and due to almost 2000 ribbons now available, the US ribbon rackbuilder has been rearranged. Building a rack now comes in two stages. First select at least one catergory of ribbons you wish to display. Then select the appropriate ribbons in the window that will appear. Numerous new ribbons have been added, including civilian awards of Department of Defense various agencies and other agencies' awards: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DoC), Department of Energy (DoE), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Treasury (DoTr), Department of State (DoS), Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), US Information Agency (USIA), Agency for International Development (AID), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), General Accounting Office (GAO), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Attorney General, Veterans Administration, Smithsonian Institute and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  124. July 6, 2006 - The Defense Medal for Fallen in Action and Defense Medal for Wounded in Action added to Norway.
  125. July 24, 2006 - Federal Bureau of Investigation awards added to US.
  126. July 25, 2006 - I recently bought an excellent book by Roger Campion, "Police Medals of the World". There are descriptions of several police awards I have never heard of before. Added were the following police awards: Australia - ACT Community Policing Medal, Victoria Police Valour Award; Canada - Metropolitan Toronto Police Medal of Honor, MTP Medal of Merit, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Service Medal, Canadian Bankers Association Law Enforcement Award Papua New Guinea - Constabulary Police Valour Medal.
  127. August 9, 2006 - The Army Sea Duty Ribbon added to US.
  128. September 6, 2006 - New ribbons added to US: the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award, NOAA Meritorious Service Medal, NOAA Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NOAA Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Connecticut NG Veterans War Time Service Medal.
  129. September 10, 2006 - Finally here it is! It took me all the summer, but now you can see the ribbon rackbuilder for all ROTC services, the Civil Air Patrol, California Cadet Corps, Naval Sea Cadet Corps / Navy League Cadet Corps, American Cadets Alliance and the Young Marines. The website also includes the awards for cadets, issued by various organizations / associations. I truly hope you will find the rackbuilder useful.
  130. September 13, 2006 - The Order of the American Legion and the Orders and Medals Society of America medals added to US.
  131. September 19, 2006 - Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas National Guard charts corrected and updated.
  132. September 22, 2006 - Nebraska, Ohio and Texas National Guard charts updated.
  133. October 5, 2006 - Sri Lanka added.
  134. October 10, 2006 - Links page updated.
  135. November 1, 2006 - South Carolina State Guard updated.
  136. November 11, 2006 - Order of the Military Cross added to Poland.
  137. November 19, 2006 - People's Republic of Albania 1945-1990 added (many thanks to Eric R. Schena).
  138. November 20, 2006 - The Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction added to US.
  139. December 8, 2006 - New Zealand Special Service Medal (Erebus), New Jersey NG Korean War Service Commemorative Medal, New Jersey NG Homeland Security Medal added. New photos of the Order of Military Cross added to Poland.
  140. January 25, 2007 - Operation Vijay Star, Operation Vijay Medal, Operation Parakram Medal and Coast Guard Long Service Medals added to India (thanks to Ed Haynes).
  141. January 29, 2007 - Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal added to UK (thanks to Ed Haynes).
  142. January 30, 2007 - US Air Force Combat Action Medal added to US (thanks to Svcadet32).
  143. February 8, 2007 - Islamic Republic of Iran added (thanks to Michael Schulcz).
  144. February 10, 2007 - Papua New Guinea updated.
  145. February 13, 2007 - The Decoration of Service, Decoration of Research and Decoration of Merit and Management added to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  146. February 14, 2007 - Added decorations of the Australian Federal Police, decorations of the Australian Capital Territory updated.
  147. March 1, 2007 - The Cross of Honor for the Victims of Terrorist or Hostile Acts in Foreign Military or Civilian Operations, Commemorative Medal for the Operation in Albania of the Guardia di Finanza, Commemorative Medal of the Flood in Piemont, Voluntary Nurses' Decoration and Decoration of Merit of the General Staff Course added to the Italian Republic; Red Cross Decoration of Merit of the Kingdom of Bulgaria corrected.
  148. March 19, 2007 - Alabama State Defense Force updated (special thanks to CSM John Blackburn, ASDF).
  149. March 20, 2007 - Austro-Hungarian Navy ranks until 1918 updated (thanks to Pavel Simandl).
  150. April 10, 2007 - US ROTC Ribbon Rackbuilder updated: two new Superior Cadet Awards (Military School and NDCC), Military Officers Benevolent Corporation Award, US Army Warrant Officers Association Award and Vietnam Veterans Association Award added (special thanks to Doug from OMSA).
  151. April 22, 2007 - New South Wales Fire Services ribbons added to Australia (special thanks to Michael Schulcz), Canadian Corps of Commissionnaires DSM ribbon corrected, corrected colors of some ribbons of Pahang, Malaysia.
  152. June 24, 2007 - Marine Corps League awards and Depatment of Homeland Security DSM added to US chart.
  153. June 25, 2007 - New Zealand Antarctic Medal and Distinguished Service Decoration added to New Zealand; Indiana Guard Reserve updated.
  154. July 25, 2007 - Finally! I am pleased to present the first rackbuilder for the ribbons of British Commonwealth countries on the Internet, including the orders and medals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So far only a rackbuilder for Canada and a very old one for the United Kingdom have been available on this web site. Your comments are more than welcomed..
  155. August 1, 2007 - Some minor additions to the British Commonwealth rackbuilder. Queen's Commendation for Bravery (QCB), Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA), Queen's Commendation For Bravery (QCVS)and Mention in Despatches (MID) in silver added.
  156. September 5, 2007 - Military Cross, Army Cross of Merit, Air Force Cross of Merit, Navy Cross of Merit, Iraq Star and Afghanistan Star added to Poland; Long Service Medal updated.
  157. October 3, 2007 - Australia updated. The Australian Distinguished Service Cross added (I do not know how I could have omitted it!) and the order of precedence slightly rearranged. Very special thanks to Lt. Philip Blackwell for consulting and for his excellent ribbon poster he was so kind to send me.

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