Prisoner of War Medal
Paragraph 2-9, Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards)
25 February 1995
a. The POW Medal is authorized by Public Law 99-145, section 1128, title 10, United States Code (10 USC 1128), 8 November
1985, and is authorized for any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces, was taken prisoner and
held captive after 5 April 1917.
b. The POW Medal is to be issued only to those U.S. military personnel and other personnel granted creditable U.S. military
service who were taken prisoner and held captive.
(1) While engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.
(2) While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
(3) While serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing force in which the United States
is not a belligerent party.
c. U.S. and foreign civilians who have been credited with U.S. military
service which encompasses the period of captivity are also eligible for the medal. The Secretary of Defense authorized on
January 27, 1990, the POW Medal for the Philippine Commonwealth Army and Recognized Guerrilla Unit Veterans who were held
captive between December 7, 1941, and September 26, 1945. DD Form 2510-1 (Prisoner of War Medal Application/Information-Philippine
commonwealth Army and Recognized Guerrilla Veterans) was developed as the application for Filipino Veterans who fit this category.
d. For purposes of this medal, past armed conflicts are defined as World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict,
and Persian Gulf War. Hostages of terrorists and persons detained by governments with which the United States is not engaged
actively in armed conflict are not eligible for the medal.
e. Any person convicted of misconduct or a criminal charge by a U.S. military tribunal, or who receives a less than honorable
discharge based upon actions while a prisoner of war, or whose conduct was not in accord with the Code of Conduct, and whose
actions are documented by U.S. military records is ineligible for the medal. The Secretary of the Army is the authority for
deciding eligibility in such cases.
f. No more than one POW Medal will be awarded. For subsequent award of the medal, service stars will be awarded and worn
on the suspension and service ribbon of the medal. A period of captivity terminates on return to U.S. military control. Escapees
who do not return to U.S. military control and are recaptured by an enemy do not begin a new period of captivity for subsequent
award of the POW Medal. (Service stars are described in chap 6.)
g. The POW Medal may be awarded posthumously.
h. The primary next of kin of eligible prisoners of war who die in captivity may be issued the POW Medal regardless of
the length of stay in captivity.
i. Personnel officially classified as MIA are not eligible for award of the POW Medal. The POW Medal will only be awarded
when the individuals prisoner of war status has been officially confirmed and recognized as such by the Department of the
Army. Likewise, the return of remains, in and of itself, does not constitute evidence of confirmed prisoner of war status.
j. All requests for the POW Medal will be initiated by eligible former POWs, or their next of kin, using a personal letter
or DD form 2510 (prisoner of War Medal Application/Information). Applications should be forwarded to the Commander, ARPERCEN,
ATTN: DARP-VSE-A, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, M0 63132-5200.