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  1. Just a guess on my part, but it appears to be a commemorative medal for the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, U.S. Volunteers who served during the Spanish American War. Even today, some states will double up on medals awarded by the federal government, especially when a service member transfers to the National Guard or State Guard. Old photos of veterans often show them wearing a mix of federal, state and locally procured medals.
  2. I had heard a story that General Patton had learned of an American officer affecting the use of post-nominal letters signifying his combat medals and told him to stop that. Probably in a not very polite way of handling the matter. However, award abbreviations appear on DD 214 (discharge papers), so that is as close to post-nominal usage as can be expected.
  3. You may find this useful https://www.medalsofamerica.com/military-uniform-regulations
  4. Mounting and wearing US medals depends on the uniform regulations of the particular branch of service. The Army and Air Force require medals to be mounted in multiple rows as needed, without any overlap. They must be mounted in the correct order of precedence and the bottom edges of the awards must be on an even line. The Navy and Marine Corps are permitted to overlap awards on the uniform. The Marines are particular in that appurtenances such as award or campaign stars must be mounted vertically in the center of the ribbon, to allow for proper display while overlapping medal ribbons.
  5. If I recall correctly, Colin Powell, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and H. Norman Schwarzkopf, as the Theater Commander in the first Gulf War, were made honorary Knight Commanders of the Order of the Bath. President Reagan received an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Bath. It's usually the senior ranking officers conducting liaison duties with foreign forces that are recognized with foreign awards. Instances of Americans serving with foreign forces such as the RAF Eagle Squadron during the Battle of Britain may have earned the appropriate British campaign stars along with the usu
  6. These are the three grades of Explosive Ordnance Disposal qualification badges that are awarded to EOD technicians in the armed services. According to its Wikipedia article (https://wiki2.org/en/Explosive_Ordnance_Disposal_Badge), the pattern is identical to all the services. The basic grade is shows a WW2-era bomb, the senior grade has a 5-pointed star in the center of the bomb, and the master grade is the senior badge plus a star in a wreath surmounting the badge. The badges have a subdued finish intended for wear on field uniforms.
  7. The coat is a US Air Force summer-weight material known as tropical worsted. The coat wold have been worn with matching trousers and has the dull aluminum buttons, pocket flaps and notched lapels common to the Air Force. The officer must have had a career that had little or no enemy contact, except for four specific battles during the Korean War of 1950-53. Even then, there are no ribbons for the Distinguished Flying Cross or Air Medal, that would have indicated a successful fighter or bomber pilot. The Master Pilot's Wings would have been gained by flying the requisite number of hours. The f
  8. I'm glad that "chair-borne ranger" medal is being scrapped. If a particularly meritorious mission requires recognition, why not use the normal award system? Is using the Bronze Star for exceptionally heroic cyber-war operations (or the Commendation Medal for achievements of a lesser magnitude) that abhorrent? The attachment can be a metal miniature drone aircraft (think of the cargo plane on the Occupation Medal for the Berlin Airlift) for the drone pilots. The cyber-warriors, located far from scenes of violence, can get the MSM, Commendation medals or Achievement medals as appropriate.
  9. While this soldier was airborne, he must not have been Infantry. Even though the ETO service medal has three battle stars, there is no corresponding CIB and Bronze Star Medal. IIRC, wasn't there an initiative to retroactively award the Combat Action Badge to WW2 vets who were ineligible for the CIB? Since these men are dying out, it shouldn't be the nightmare it might have been ten years earlier, and many old veterans' awards are catching up with them.
  10. I'm surprised "Gunga Din" didn't make the cut before I got here. I have a history with this poem. As a youngster in Catholic school, I think when I was about 10 or so, I was directed to read it out loud in class, and I had just seen the movie that Sunday. So I read it in what I thought was an authentic British Soldier's accent. You see it's written in dialect...
  11. Customarily, foreign awards earned by US Soldiers that are available in a subdued version for wear on the old BDU would wear them on the right side, as long as they had a corresponding US award on the left. It looks like it might be the Ordnance Qualification badge of the South Vietnamese Army, their version of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. See :http://www.indochinamilitaria.com/vinsignia.htm
  12. The South Carolina Medal of Valor may be in emulation of the Elizabeth Cross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Cross which is also awarded to families who have lost a loved one in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom. As a table medal, it is not worn, but it is accompanied by a miniature pin which is a visible sign that the Next-of-Kin received the award. Member Jean-Paul's video link showed the medal in a color illustration, which might indicate that the award may be enameled in those colors and as a table medal, it won't have a ribbon. What may have been forgotten is that US househ
  13. Given the relatively primitive state of medicine in those days, it was remarkable that Private Tulip survived at all, much less lived to a relatively full lifespan. The men of WWI must have been made of much sterner stuff than we can even imagine.
  14. Was there an image of the obverse? Any irregularities in the medal would be instantly obvious in a poorly-crafted copy.
  15. Somehow, it appears faked. The plating is coming off the medal, revealing something looking like cheap "war metal" underneath. Also,the lettering is not consistent, as if it was done by hand. Contrast this with the Purple Heart medals illustrated at http://scottspurpleh....com/index.html. None of these medals, some which date back to 1932, show the loss of plating or inconsistent lettering seen in this illustration.
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