China Campaign Medal

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China Campaign Medal
China Campaign Medal
Awarded by Department of War
EligibilityPerform duty within the borders of China as part of the China Relief Expedition.
Awarded forService ashore in China with the Peking Relief Expedition between June 20, 1900 and May 27, 1901.
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The China Campaign Medal is a decoration of the United States Army which was created by order of the United States War Department on January 12, 1905. The medal recognizes service in the China Relief Expedition which was conducted by the United States Army at the turn on the 20th century during the Boxer Rebellion.

Description and history[edit]

To be awarded the China Campaign Medal, a service member must have performed military duty in China, between the dates of June 20, 1900 and May 27, 1901, with such duty being in service of the China Relief Expedition. For those service members who were cited for gallantry in action, the Citation Star is authorized as a device to the China Campaign Medal.

The United States Navy equivalent of the China Campaign Medal was the China Relief Expedition Medal. A similar medal, known as the China Service Medal, was also created by the Navy in 1941.


On the obverse is the Imperial Chinese five-toed dragon with the inscription CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION around the upper border and the dates 1900–1901 at the bottom.


On the reverse is a trophy composed of an eagle perched on a cannon supported by crossed flags, rifles, an Indian shield, spear and quiver of arrows, a Cuban machete, and a Sulu kris. Below the trophy are the words FOR SERVICE. Around the border at the top are the words UNITED STATES ARMY and around the bottom are thirteen stars.


The ribbon is 1​38 inches wide and is composed of the following vertical stripes: 1/16 inch Ultramarine blue, 1​14 inch Golden yellow, and 1/16 inch Ultramarine Blue.


Army units which received credit for campaign participation may display the streamer on the organizational flag; the inscription will be as indicated on the unit's lineage and honors.

There are three streamers displayed on the Army flag to represent the China Relief Expedition; the inscriptions are:

See also[edit]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Army.
  • "China Relief Expeditionary Medal". Service Medals and Campaign Credits of the United States Navy. Naval Historical Center. 13 June 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-17.