The Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal was established by Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal was awarded for actions that took place between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002.
The Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal was awarded to employees of the Department of Transportation (including members of the Coast Guard) and to private citizens for meritorious service resulting from unusual and outstanding achievement in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. This award is authorized for the following personnel:
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
When worn by Coast Guard personnel, the 9-11 Medal is worn after the Joint Service Achievement Medal and before the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
No provision has been made for additional awards of the 9-11 Medal
The design of the DoT 9-11 Medal was not coordinated with the Army's Institute of Heraldy, and the identity of its actual designer is not known.
The identity of the first recipient is unknown.
DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM
In the center of a bronze medallion a burning candle surmounts eleven rays of light arising from the candle; nine of the rays terminate with a five-pointed star. Beneath the candle is an olive branch which rises from the bottom of the candle to the first ray of light. Beneath the wreath is the Latin inscription NE OBLIVISCARIS, and this entire central theme is contained within a raised circle. Between this raised circle and the raised outer edge of the medal is the inscription, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (at the top) and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the bottom. These two sections are separated by a small triskellion at the three o'clock and nine o'clock positions.
The reverse bears the words FOR SERVICE AND / SACRIFICE TO / THE UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA / DURING AND AFTER / THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF / SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.
The ribbon consists equal portions of red, white and blue and is edged in white.