The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) was instituted in 1855, as the Navy’s equivalent to the Distinguished Conduct Medal. It was awarded to senior and junior ratings. From 1942, its coverage was extended to Air Force personnel of equivalent ranks serving with the Navy. Different medal ribbons distinguish awards to Navy and Air Force recipients. The CGM was replaced in New Zealand in 1999, by the New Zealand Gallantry Star, which is awarded for outstanding gallantry in situations of danger.