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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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Military Service Awards

Military Service Awards are presented to persons who are lineal blood descendants (i.e., grandsons/daughters, great-grandsons/daughters) of Confederate military personnel who have given a minimum of 90-days active-duty military service to our country in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Merchant Marines and U.S. Navy.

If you have a family member who would qualify for one of these awards, please contact our chapter for more information regarding the necessary documentation required.

WWII Military Cross
World War II

Korean War Military Cross
Korean War

Vietnam Conflict Military Cross
Vietnam Conflict

Global War on Terror Military Cross
Global War on Terror

Cross of Military Service awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy are three in number and are the outgrowth of the Cross of Honor.

They are: World War II Cross of Military Service, the Korean War Cross of Military Service, the Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service and the Global War on Terror Cross of Military Service.

These decorations have been established as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of worthy Confederate Soldiers or Sailors and their descendants.

The medal in the shape of the Maltese Crossed used on the Southern Cross of Honor, is presented to veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict.

This is the most prestigious award presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and was established as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of the descendants of Confederate Veterans.

Description - The Cross of Honor dated 1861-65

Foreground: A Crusader Cross in bold relief, each bound to the other by the Battle Flag of the Confederacy and linked by the entwined monogram, UDC, to ribbon. It is attached to a laurel leaf as a special mark of valor for those who distinguished themselves in feats of courage. The color of the ribbon signifies the War of Conflict in which the recipient served.

Motto: Fortes Creantur Fortibus - The brave beget the brave (Pronounced for-taze cray-ahn-tour for-tea-bus)

Award criteria:

World War II Cross of Military Service is for service between 8 Dec 1941 and 31 Dec 1946. The ribbon shall be red and white, navy blue on each side of three center stripes of light blue, black, orange, denoting colors of Allied Nations, dated 1941-1945

Korean War Cross of Military Service is for service between 27 June 1950 and 11 Nov 1955, in Korean or on land / in airspace / in waters contiguous to Korea. The ribbon shall be blue, white, blue, stripes denoting Korean Nation, marked Korean Service.

Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service is for service between 6 July 1964 and 28 March 1973, in Vietnam or on land / in airspace / in waters contiguous to Vietnam.

Global War on Terror Cross of Military Service is for service between ____ and _____, in Iraq or Afghanistan or contiguous waters and have been awarded campaign medals as well as the GWOT-S. Approved at the 118th Annual General Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, November 2011.

Due to the unusual way this medal went from an Expedition to Conflict, veterans who have already received the UDC Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal for the Global War on Terror (GWOT) may also be eligible for the Cross of Miitary Service for the Global War on Terror. The reason is that the Dept. of Defense originally considered Iraq and Afghanistan to be an Expedition, but as the conflict continued to rage, by April 2005 it was acknowledged to be a full-fledged conflict and the Armed Forces ceased authorizing the Expeditionary Service Medal for Iraq and Afghanistan and instead authorized only the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOT-S) and campaign medals for Iraq and Afghanistan. The Expeditionary and GWOT-S overlapped for several years so we believe that UDC should do the same.

National Defense Medal
National Defense Medal is presented to veterans who served in the Korean War (27 June 1950 to 11 Nov 1955) or the Vietnam Conflict (1 January 1961 to 14 August 1974) but not in country / on land / in airspace / in waters contiguous thereto or in the Persian Gulf War (2 August 1900 to 30 Nov 1995).

Description: The bronze medal features a seated “Liberty” flanked by the Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy and framed by laurel leaves. The medal is suspended from the official red and white ribbon by the intertwined initials, UDC.
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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is presented to veterans who served a minimum of 90-days in the U.S. Armed Forces with service of at least 30-days in U.S. Military Operations, U.S. Military Operations in Direct Support of United Nations or U.S. Operations of Assistance for Friendly Foreign Nations after 1 July 1958.

Description: The bronze medal features the Western Hemisphere supported by the Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy framed by laurel leaves. The medal is suspended from the official red and white ribbon by the intertwined initials, UDC.

The Award criteria for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal are as follows:

Certificate of Appreciation is presented to Servicemen and Servicewomen whose service does not meet the criteria for the other Military Service Awards. The Certificate of Appreciation may not be awarded posthumously.

Meritorious Service Awards

Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Awards are presented to individuals who are collateral blood descendants (i.e., great-nieces/nephews, great-great-nieces/ nephews) of Confederate military personnel who have given a minimum of 90-days active-duty military service to our country in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Merchant Marines and U.S. Navy. Posthumous awards are permitted.

It was established the 108th Annual General Convention in 2001 in Columbia, SC. The bronze medal, in the shape of a shield has 13 stars to represent the 13 Confederate States. The words “Meritorious Service,” the Flag of the United States, First National Confederate Flag and the dates 1861 - 1865 are surrounded by a laurel wreath symbolizing remembrance.

The awards criteria is the same as for the Military Service Awards detailed above.



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Retired Crosses of Military Service

Spanish American War Military Cross
Spanish American War
Spanish-American War Cross of Military Service is for service between 21 April 1898 and 11 April 1899. This provision shall include those of the Navy or Marine Corps engaged in the transport service in the belligerent zone. For persons serving overseas, there shall be added as an additional mark of distinction, a bronze star, to be placed on the ribbon by which Cross is suspended. The ribbon shall be red, white and green stripes on each side of center stripe of orange, dated 1898. NOTE: This medal has been retired.
Philippines Insurrection Military Cross
Philippines Insurrection
Philippine Insurrection Cross of Military Service is for service between 11 April 1899 and 4 July 1902. This provision shall include those of the Navy or Marine Corps engaged in the transport service in the belligerent zone. For persons serving overseas, there shall be added as an additional mark of distinction, a bronze star, to be placed on the ribbon by which Cross is suspended. The ribbon shall be red, white and orange stripes on each side of center black stripe, dated 1899-1902. NOTE: This medal has been retired.
WWI Military Cross
World War I
World War I Cross of Military Service is for service between 5 April 1917 and 11 Nov 1918. The ribbon shall be red and white with center stripe of khaki, dated 1917-1918. NOTE: With the death of the last living American veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles on 27 Feb 2011, this medal was retired on 31 Aug 2011.



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