|The Navy and Marine Corps Medal was established in 1942 to recognize
non-combat heroism and meritorious service. The most famous recipient of
the NMCM was John F. Kennedy, who was a Lt. (jg) at the time he received
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
a. Authorization. 10 U.S.C. 6246.
b. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to any person who, while serving
in any capacity with the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps, distinguishes
himself by heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy. For acts
of life-saving, or attempted lifesaving, it is required that the action
be performed at the risk of one's own life.