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Medal for Humane Action
Awarded by United States Military
Type Medal
Eligibility Extended duty in support of the Berlin Airlift
Awarded for "To commemorate military service in direct support of the Berlin Airlift"
Status obsolete
First awarded June 26, 1948
Last awarded September 30, 1949
Next (higher) Navy: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Marine Corps: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Army: Army of Occupation Medal
Air Force: Army of Occupation Medal[1]
Coast Guard: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Next (lower) National Defense Service Medal[1]
Medal for Humane Action ribbon.svg

The Medal for Humane Action is a service medal of the United States armed forces which was created by an act (63 Stat. 477) of the United States Congress on July 20, 1949. The medal recognizes those military service members who performed extended duty in support of the Berlin Airlift. The medal is based on the design of the Berlin Airlift Device.[2]


To be awarded the Medal for Humane Action a service member was required to have performed over 120 days of duty, within the geographical boundary of Berlin, with such duty being in support of the Berlin Airlift between the dates of June 26, 1948 and September 30, 1949. Posthumous award may be made to any person who lost his life while, or as a direct result of, participating in the Berlin airlift, without regard to the length of such service, if otherwise eligible those so qualifying were also eligible for either the Army of Occupation Medal, or the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and both medals were authorized for simultaneous award and display.[3][4]

The Medal for Humane Action was created for the single purpose of recognizing service during the Berlin Airlift. The medal was never issued again and DA Pamphlet 672-1 for the list of Army units entitled to the Berlin Airlift Device. Because of the decoration's specific award eligibility, it has the unique quality of being considered as both a military decoration and a commemorative medal.


The medal is made of bronze and is 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter. It depicts a Douglas C-54 Skymaster over a wheat wreath. At the center of the wreath is the Coat of arms of Berlin. The medal is suspended by a ribbon primarily of teal blue with black edges separated by thin white stripes. In the center is a red stripe with thin white stripes separating it from the teal.[3]


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