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Chapter 15  |  Article 15 - 1G  |  Section 3
WVC 15 - CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.
WVC 15 - 1 G- ARTICLE 1G. SERVICE MEDALS.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 1 §15-1G-1. The West Virginia distinguished service medal.

The "West Virginia distinguished service medal" may be awarded:

(a) To former or present governors of the state of West Virginia as commanders in chief of the West Virginia national guard;

(b) To such officers and enlisted men in the West Virginia national guard as may have, or may hereafter render conspicuous or distinguished service in the line of duty, or who have displayed, or may hereafter display, conspicuous courage and gallantry while on duty with the West Virginia national guard;

(c) To individuals serving in the West Virginia national guard who are holders of congressional medals of honor, United States distinguished service medals, United States distinguished service cross or equivalent awards of the United States navy;

(d) To West Virginians who served in the armed forces of the United States in time of war and who have rendered conspicuous or distinguished service in the line of duty;

(e) To not more than two civilians in any one year who shall have rendered, in the judgment of the military board of the state of West Virginia, conspicuous or distinguished service to the West Virginia national guard, the state of West Virginia or the United States of America.

The West Virginia distinguished service medal may be awarded posthumously to the next of kin of any officer, enlisted man or civilian entitled thereto under the foregoing subdivisions.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 2 §15-1G-2. West Virginia legion of merit.

The "West Virginia legion of merit" may be awarded for exceptional meritorious service, achievement or bravery:

(a) To present or former officers and enlisted members of the West Virginia national guard;

(b) To present or former members of active military components, national guard members of other states and other reserve components;

(c) To civilians who have rendered conspicuous or distinguished service to the West Virginia national guard, the state of West Virginia or the United States of America.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 3 §15-1G-3. Procedure for award of distinguished service medal and legion of merit.

The military awards board hereinafter established shall recommend to the governor the approval or disapproval of all nominations for the award of the distinguished service medal or the legion of merit. If the justification contained in a nomination for the distinguished service medal does not meet the criteria established for such award, the board may recommend in lieu thereof the approval of the legion of merit.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 4 §15-1G-4. Other West Virginia awards and decorations.

The adjutant general is authorized to establish other West Virginia awards and decorations to recognize officers and members of the West Virginia national guard or other individuals as may be deemed appropriate.

Such awards and decorations will be established by the issuance of appropriate orders by the adjutant general and furnished at the expense of the state. The adjutant general shall establish procedures for the granting of such awards or decorations.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 5 §15-1G-5. Precedence of medals.

The order of precedence for wearing West Virginia medals is as follows:

(1) West Virginia distinguished service medal;

(2) West Virginia legion of merit;

(3) Other West Virginia awards and decorations in the order of precedence as established by the adjutant general.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 6 §15-1G-6. Board of awards.

The governor, as commander in chief of the West Virginia national guard, shall appoint a permanent board of awards to be known as the military awards board of the state of West Virginia to consist of three members, at least two of whom shall be members of the West Virginia national guard on active duty. The term of office for these members shall be four years or until their successors are appointed.

The members of this board shall receive no salary or other compensation for their services, but each member shall be allowed and paid for actual expenses in traveling and other personal expense incurred in the performance of their duty. The board shall select a secretary who shall make and keep a record of its proceedings, which record is to be lodged in the adjutant general's office and is to be preserved therein as a part of the permanent military records of the state of West Virginia.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 7 §15-1G-7. Design of medals.

The military awards board of the state of West Virginia shall design, or have designed, the distinguished service medal, the legion of merit, and other West Virginia awards and decorations and shall submit the designs and bids thereon, together with its recommendations thereon, to the governor for final approval.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 8 §15-1G-8. Devices for the award of multiple West Virginia decorations.

In the event any person shall render service or perform acts entitling such person to the award of a West Virginia decoration, and the award of such decoration has previously been made, the person shall, for each subsequent award be entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf cluster. A silver oak leaf cluster shall be used in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 9 §15-1G-9. Procurement of West Virginia decorations.

The adjutant general shall annually submit to the Legislature a request for an appropriation sufficient to cover the cost of all West Virginia decorations established in accordance with this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§15 - 1 J- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 1 J- 4 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 315
PASSED - Regular Session

SB315 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying use of certain funds under Military Authority Act
§15 - 10 - 6 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 387
PASSED - Regular Session

SB387 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying duly authorized officers have legal custody of their prisoners while in WV
§15 - 2 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 5 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 11 A - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 443
PASSED - Regular Session

SB443 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to SPRS
§15 - 2 - 7 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 486
PASSED - Regular Session

SB486 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Establishing certain salary increases for State Police civilian and forensic lab employees
§15 - 5 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 5 - 6 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4147
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4147 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
HB4147 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to emergency preparedness
§15 - 2 - 5 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4256
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4256 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Amending the annual salary schedule for members of the state police
§15 - 2 - 33 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 12 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4349
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4349 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying retirement dependent child scholarship and burial benefits under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order
§15 - 1 G- 10 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4350
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4350 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Providing for the awarding of a West Virginia Veterans Medal and ribbon, and a West Virginia Service Cross and ribbon to certain qualifying West Virginia Veterans
§15 - 9 B- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 9 B- 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 9 B- 3 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 108
PASSED - 1st Special Session

hb108 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Establishing a regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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