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Here are two more U.S. Veterans' ribbon bars worn in the 1930s-1960s, when wearing the Legion uniform was popular.

 

This one is missing the WW1 ribbon and maybe a Purple Heart, probably worn above the bar. It comprises of the VFW members' medal ribbon,the Diasbled American Vets medal ribbon, and the American Legion ribbon. It has the classic celluloid cover and flat backed pins common in the 1940s.

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This is a "navy style" ( fat ribbons) WW2 ( and earlier) era vet's ribbon bar. I've always wondered if it was worn on a reserve navy or army officers' uniform in the 1930s......Just a WW1 ribbon and a VFW medal.

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The stars on these ribbons reminded me of US medal ribbons, does anyone recognise them or could they be a different nationality?

Might the brass devices have anything to do with them? They came together.

Thanks

Tony

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The star does look a bit like the 5/16 inch size gold star for US Navy ribbons.  But I know that Italian ribbon bars also have star devices.  So, it doesn't necessarily have to be a US device.  What nationality is the ribbon bar?

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Italian? That’s a good thought as they came with this item http://gmic.co.uk/forums/topic/66591-german-insignia/ I’ve since been told it’s possibly Italian too. Well, from the same building.
 
A friend who used to do house clearances in Germany has them and was wondering what they are as she’s thinking about having a clear out.  As to the nationality I haven't a clue I'm afraid.
 
Tony
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I don't believe the ribbon bar itself is Italian.  I was only saying that Italy uses star devices too; so, the star is not necessarily US.

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Ah ok, no worries.

Perhaps it should be deleted and I'll start a new thread or moved to the identification forum if possible?

Tony

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The ribbon bar is Polish.   The top ribbon with the star is the Polish wound ribbon with star for second award.

2nd Row: OBE/MBE, Bronze Cross of Merit, Bronze Cross of Merit, Unknown

3rd Row: Army Medal for War of 1939-1945: Long Service Medal (30 years)(appears to be wrong ribbon), LSM (20 years), LSM (10 years)

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Gunner, I thought maybe Polish based upon all the red ribbons, but didn't look up the exact ribbons.  The Wound Ribbon is certain and the others match up for the most part.  But I think this is a made up bar though... To my knowledge, no XXX year LSMs were awarded.  And it clearly is a XX and X device on the wrong ribbon as you state.

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Wow thanks Gunner!

Rick, I wonder if the ribbons have something to do with that shoulder strap that looks Warsaw Pact? Is there any certain way to tell if it's a made up bar or is it just a case of the 30 year LSM not being plausible?

Can these posts be moved by someone to the appropriate forum?

Tony

 

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Does anyone have any idea what the right-hand ribbon in the second row is?

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Does anyone have any idea what the right-hand ribbon in the second row is?

The closest I've seen is this...

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Medal of Merit of the Primate's of Poland Emmigrational Representative

 

A veteran's organization?  No idea...
 

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That Purple Heart/American Defense/ETO with Arrowhead is worth way more than scrap in my opinion!  Fantastic find!  I would be excited seeing that one in the bargain bin.

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On 12/1/2015 at 04:48, jonsey2001 said:

Some new bars. Picked then up by the pound from a local shop.

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Here is a very cool Coast Guard ribbon bar still attached to its uniform.  Also, copies of the citations.  

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On 12.09.2015 at 13:18, Tony said:

The stars on these ribbons reminded me of US medal ribbons, does anyone recognise them or could they be a different nationality?

Might the brass devices have anything to do with them? They came together.

Thanks

Tony

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Yes, it is Polish. A few (minor) comments on this bar.

1. The wound decoration is for a single wound. A second would be denoted by another star.

2. The first ribbon in 2nd row is definitely BEM. The ribbon of the order  is wider.

3. The two identical ribbons are from two different classes of the Cross of Merit (probably silver and bronze). Gold and silver laces to denote class were first introduced after the war, only in Poland. Emigration never used them.

3. The last in 2nd row can be of the Medal of Merit of the Primate's of Poland Emmigrational Representative, as Irish Gunner said, or another unofficial church medal. Certainly hand-made.

4. He is also right to say that the long service medal for 30 years was never officially awarded, but I believe some may have been made by the self-styled president Nowina-Sokolnicki. This can be one of them. The other two can be from him too.

No idea what the two crosses can be for. Ribbon bar holders perhaps?

The post should be moved to the Polish section. Unfortunately I have no rights to do so.

Happy New Year!

Lukasz

 

 

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15 hours ago, Lukasz Gaszewski said:

Yes, it is Polish. A few (minor) comments on this bar.

The post should be moved to the Polish section. Unfortunately I have no rights to do so.

Happy New Year!

Lukasz

 

 

Thanks very much Lukasz, there was a rank bar with the ribbons which I now know was for a Captain.

Yes it needs to be moved it to the correct area.

Tony

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Just one of many I have for you all to marinate on

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Wow!  What a bar!  Who did this belong to?  The number of foreign awards is mindblowing!

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Paul

Thank you, no idea haven't been able to nail it down yet. I suspect a higher ranking staff officer with a lot of service in Italy

 

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Please tell me you have this man's story and are going to publish it here.  

Probably enlisted before 7 December 1941.  Maybe an aviator or air crew with service in WW II and Korea, but not Vietnam.  No stars nor strike/flight on his Air Medal so maybe not a designated aviator.  Maybe an artillery spotter.  Lots of campaign stars but no "V" on his Bronze Star.  Mention in Despatches on his British War Medal.  Maybe wound up his career as an attache or other extended service in Italy.  Lots of anomalies to puzzle over.  

Hugh

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Hugh absolutely I agree the foreign decorations you would think would make it easier to trace. I haven't really put a lot of time into it recently but have been wanting to get back into the research aspect of it 

I appreciate the input it give me a starting point to think about

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