The Meritorious Service Medal was established on Jan. 16, 1969 and is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States.
Col. Charles W. “IE” Hardie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1989. As a pilot he flew C-124, C-7, C-123, and C-141 aircraft for a total of 11,002 flying hours. He served at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, in 1969. He was stationed at Dover AFB, Delaware, from 1980-1989. This Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to him.