The Medal for Humane Action commemorates military service in direct support of the Berlin Airlift. It was awarded to members of the Armed Forces for 120 days service in, or in direct support of, the Berlin Airlift between June 26, 1948 and September 30, 1949, within the following prescribed boundaries:
-- Northern Boundary: 54th parallel north latitude
-- Eastern Boundary: 14th meridian east longitude
-- Southern Boundary: 48th parallel north latitude
-- Western Boundary: 5th meridian west longitude
The Medal for Humane Action could also be posthumously awarded to any person who lost his or her life while participating in (or as a direct result of) the Berlin Airlift, without regard to length of service so long as that person was otherwise eligible.