Alternate Title: EO 11448: Establishing the Meritorious Service Medal
"There is hereby established a Meritorious Service Medal, with accompanying ribbons and appurtenances, for award by the Secretary of a military department of the Secretary of Transportation with regard to the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy, or by such military commanders, or other appropriate officers as the Secretary concerned may designate, to any member of the armed forces of the United States who has distinguished himself by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States."
Executive Order 11448; EO 11448
Code of Federal Regulations
3 CFR, 1966-70 Comp., p.768-769