THE MILITARY DECORATION ARTICLE 4 WAS A GALLANTRY AWARD FOR SOLDIERS IN AND OUTSIDE THE BELGIAN AMRY, WHO SERVED HIS MILITARY SERVICE WITH ACTS OF HERIOSM. THE AWARD HAS THE SAME SHAPE AS THE MILITARY DECORATION WICH HAS A GOOD CONDUCT STATUS, BOTH MEDALS CAN BE SEPARTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT RIBBON. THE AWARD IS ALSO DEVIDED INTO A FIRST AND SECOND CLASS.
The military decoration article 4 is completely different in significance than the normal military decoration, although the medals are the same, only the ribbon is changed. The medal could be awarded to all military personel included the Gendarmerie for all acts of courage or special service during his active time.
1st Model (King Leopold II)
2nd Model (King Albert I)
3th Model (King Leopold III)
The military decoration is a four armed cross with a royal crown on top. In the middle of the cross, a medaillion with a Belgian lion and the Belgian moto 'L'union fait la force' is placed on the front. On the reverse stands the words Armée, Mérite and Ancienneté are place around the monarchs monogram.
The medal is placed on a red ribbon with stripes of black, yellow and red, wich measures each 3mm and are placed on the outside of the ribbon.
A Royal Degree 15 November 1915 states that the military decoration article 4 is allowed to place a silver palm on the ribbon when the acts of courage were done during war time. The palm needs to be the same of those who are suspended on ribbons of the National Orders.
Most article 4 medals we see that where made after World War one have a yellow color although it was never mentioned in any Royal Degree.