bronze badge composed of a Filipino war shield flanked by the wings of
victory. The shield is embelished with vertical panels of blue, white, and
red enamel between a chief and shield bottom in white enamel. Superimposed
on the white enamel center panel is a vertical bolo knife in silver, and
three five pointed stars in yellow enamel appear in the chief. Between the
chief and the three vertical panels is a band containing the inscription
"LIBERTY" in raised letters, which is divided by the tip of the knife. Three
different suspension devices were used for the Philippine Liberation Medal.
The first type is an inverted triangle that is fixed to a post at the top of
the medal; the second type uses a fixed ring instead of the triangle; and
the third type consists of a ribbon suspension ring that is connected by a
link ring to the eyelet at the top of the medal.
The ribbon is 1-3/8 inches wide and is a field of red with two
stripes, one blue 1/8 inch wide and one white 1/8 inch wide in the center,
with the blue to the wearers right.
Liberation Medal was awarded for service in the liberation of the
Philippines from October 17, 1944 to September 2, 1945. In order to qualify,
one of the following provisions must me met:
(1) Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte
and adjoining islands from
October 7-20, 1944.
(2) Participation in any engagement
against the enemy during the Philippine Liberation
(3) Service in the Philippine Islands or in
ships in Philippine waters for not less than 30
days during the period October 17, 1944 to September 2, 1945.
The following are
a. Medal (regular size):
MIL-DTL-3943/247. Medal set with full size medal and ribbon bar.
b. Medal (miniature):
MIL-DTL-3943/247. Available commercially.
c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/17.
NSN 8455-00-257-0525. Available commercially.
d. Streamer: The
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon is used as a streamer for 21 streamers
on the Army flag.
Units that received campaign credit display the streamers with the
inscription as listed
on their lineage and honors.
a. Upon its creation,
the Philippine Liberation Medal was awarded as the Philippine Liberation
Ribbon and it was not until July 1945 that a full-sized medal was
established. The Philippine Liberation Medal was awarded to allied
militaries, primarily the forces of the Philippine Commonwealth, United
States Armed Forces, and the military of the British Commonwealth. The medal
was created by an order of the Commonwealth Army of the Philippine
Headquarters on December 20, 1944. The award was presented to any service
member, of both Philippine Commonwealth and allied militaries who
participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates
of 17 October 1944, and 02 September 1945.