Meritorious Service Medal
The MSM was established in Jan 1969 for meritorious service during peacetime.
Equivalent to the Bronze Star which is awarded during warzone meritorious service.
MSM issued to “LTC Robert L. Lowy”
For “Retirement 1979”
OLC denotes second award
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
The DMSM was established Nov 1977 to recognize noncombat meritorious service or achievement.
Awarded to any active member of the armed forces assigned to a qualifying joint activity.