medal, ribbon and box of issue
The obverse shows an eagle, with wings outstretched, standing on a sword and palm. Above is the inscription NATIONAL DEFENSE. The reverse shows the shield of the Great Seal of the United States, below is a semicircle of oak leaves on the left and laurel spray on the right. The ribbon has a central yellow stripe, flanked by thin stripes of red, white, blue and white and then thick deep red stripes.