Alternate Title: EO 10448: Establishing the National Defense Service Medal
"There is hereby established the National Defense Service Medal, with suitable appurtenances, for award, under such regulations as the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and the Secretary of the Treasury may severally prescribe, and, subject to the provisions of this order, to members of the armed forces of the United States who shall have served during any period between June 27, 1950, and a terminal date to be fixed by the Secretary of Defense."
Executive Order 10448; EO 10448
Code of Federal Regulations
3 CFR, 1949-53 Comp., p.935-936