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  1. Having now tracked down the transcript of the award ceremony and the citation, it seems that my surmise was correct, Biden did get the Medal of Freedom with Distinction.
  2. I think that what happened was that Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, a sort of higher grade of the regular beast. The insignia of the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction consists of a pinback star that is identical to the regular neck badge only bigger (79 mm x 83 mm) worn with a sash over the right shoulder that has a rosette worn on the left hip that has the central part of the badge in the middle (there isn't actually a badge hanging from the sash like most grand crosses). The thing is, nobody ever wears the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in its full form... even when presented they generally bodge the larger star onto a neck ribbon and hang it round the awardees neck - and this, I think, is what we are seeing here. Here's a picture of the beast, courtesy of e-Medals:
  3. And here I was thinking it stood for "Run Away Someone's Coming"!
  4. Very expensive, alas
  5. Thank you both for continuing to broaden our knowledge!
  6. Fascinating, thank you for sharing... but then, I love your site anyway, it is full of wonderful bits and pieces.
  7. Possibly my greatest regret at being female is that I cannot play Santa! You, Mike, make an excellent one
  8. It does indeed, Frank, and so I can enjoy these beasties here without having to scamper off to figure out how to incorporate them into my website....
  9. One thing to be said for them: they are not medals!
  10. "bsap10535" is quite correct, a gorget patch replaces the collar dog once one reaches a rank at which the gorget patch is appropriate. And "bigjarofwasps" has the right of it as well, the gentleman pictured is correctly turned out. (I did once take a firefighter to task over 'order of medals' when he'd come round for a home fire safety check, he was wearing one of those metal pin-on bars upside down. He was quite pleased to be shown how to wear them, and actually came back when he received his next medal to ask where it ought to go!)
  11. Remember that you do not GIVE offence - someone else CHOOSES to take it. Their problem.
  12. Beautiful medal, thank you for sharing Frank.
  13. Beautiful, Arnaud.
  14. Excelllent information, thank you