The Meritorious Service Medal – Honoring Noncombat Service

January 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Meritorious Service Medal pic

Meritorious Service Medal

A Louisiana attorney, Sherb Sentell III practices law at Sentell Law Firm in Minden. Sherb Sentell III also serves as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and recently received his fourth Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) at a ceremony in Bossier City.

Created in 1969 by Executive Order 11448, the MSM recognizes commendable noncombat service. The accolade, which corresponds with the Bronze Star Medal that honors individuals for acts of heroism during combat, may be bestowed upon any member of the armed forces that have gone above and beyond to serve his or her country meritoriously. As of 1981, the medallion can also be awarded to servicemen and servicewomen of friendly foreign nations.

Jay Morris and Lewis J. King, Jr., members of the Army’s Institute of Heraldry, crafted the 1.5-inch bronze medal. The medallion consists of an eagle with upraised wings standing on a pair of laurel branches. A cluster of oak leaf branches and stars sit behind the bird. The MSM hangs from a purple-red ribbon that displays two vertical white stripes.


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