The Pacific Star

The Pacific Star will be awarded for entry into operational services in the Pacific theatre from the 8th December 941, until the 2nd September 1945.

The ribbon of the Pacific Star is dark green with red edges and a central yellow stripe. There are also two other narrow stripes, one dark blue and the other light blue. The green and yellow stand for the forests and beaches of the Pacific, the red edges for the armies, the dark blue for the Naval Forces and merchant navies, and the light blue stripe for the Air Forces. The ribbon is worn with the dark blue stripe furthest from the left shoulder.

In the Merchant Navy, the qualifications for the Pacific Star are:

(a) The 1939-45 Star must have been earned by six months’ service at sea and be followed by service on or after the 8th December 1941, irrespective of the length of that service in the following area:

  1. The Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean east of a line running due south from Singapore, round the south east coast of Sumatra, through Christmas Island and southwards along the Meridian of 110 degrees East.

If less than six months’ service at sea has been rendered the Pacific Star will be awarded only in the following circumstances:

(b) Service specified in paragraph (a) terminated by death, wounds or other disability arising out of service.
(c) Service specified in paragraph (a) marked by an Honour, Decoration, Mentioned in Despatches or Commendation for Brave Conduct.
(d) Service specified in paragraph (a) during the last six months of operational service up to the 2nd September 1945, provided that service was not subsequently rendered in another operational area. The 1939-45 Star will not be awarded in such cases.

Clasp to The Pacific Star

Merchant Navy personnel who qualify for both the Pacific Star and the Burma Star will be awarded only one of these, the Star first earned. A Clasp will be awarded with it donating that service which would have qualified for the other Star has been rendered. A silver rose Emblem will be worn to denote the award of the Burma or Pacific Clasp as the case may be.