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Mike Page

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  1. This thread is merely part of a forum where medals and decorations are discussed...so it's only natural that the criteria for said awards may be discussed. Burkett's excellent work ''Stolen Valor'' notwithstanding, you have to ask why so many WWII and Korea vets called VN vets crybabies.
  2. People who were there, such as the late David Hackworth, maintain that medals were inflated and the awards system was out of control. In 2008-09 I find that extremely hard to believe.
  3. They originally were awarded as an order similar to the Legion of Merit, often to foreigners, for things such as helping downed US airmen to escape, etc.: 1. Gold Palm, equivalent to the Legion of Merit, Chief Commander 2. Silver Palm, equivalent to the Legion of Merit, Commander 3. Bronze Palm, equivalent to the Legion of Merit, Officer and Legionnaire. 4. Without palm, equivalent to the Bronze Star Medal, When awarded to citizens of the United States, it was awarded without palm. Here is a Commonwealth grouping with it:
  4. Thanks for that! I recently developed an interest in the old US Medal of Freedom; a plastic cased version like yours was recently on e-pay but of course I lost. It's one of those things I'm still p!ssed about. That medal wasn't awarded as much as the current version is. By the way, do you think that a cased Medal of Freedom is probably one that was awarded? I'm wondering if there were surplus stocks as with some military medals.
  5. Here 'tis: US Navy Distinguished Achievement in Science Medal
  6. Presidential Distinguished Civilian Federal Service Medal: Has the USN Distinguished Achievement in Science Medal been posted (search function won't search this thread)?
  7. I'm not so sure that that's true; the Dutch Battalion was the fourth battalion of the 38th Infantry, just as the Greek Battalion was 4/7 Cavalry and the French were 4/23 Infantry. Not to quibble, but they, as well as the French and Greeks, wore US uniforms and were equipped with US weapons. This was not true with with the Commonwealth Division (for example), which was a totally separate force. The Dutch were an integral part of the 38th RCT; therefore, I think they would be entitled to all US awards.
  8. Here 'tis: With photo: http://belgian-volunteercorps-korea.be/eng...onlight%20e.htm
  9. Thank you for the responses. I'd imagine that since those awards were still fairly new, that it was possible to confuse the precedence. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the precedence was not formally established or widely known at the time. I still can't figure out why the DSM would originally have been the medal for the Certificate of Merit conversion....
  10. Did the Army DSM originally take precedence over the DSC? I've been reading a book about MacArthur and in at least two photographs, his DSM is ahead of his DSC on his ribbon bar. The two photos are from the 1925-28 time frame. Other photos however, before and after, show his DSC at the top. I do know that originally the Navy DSM took precedence over the Navy Cross unless the NC was awarded for combat. Maybe this is why the DSM was the medal for Certificate of Merit conversions...
  11. Slight correction--it just dawned upon me that it was to a Belgian. I'll see if I can find it anyway. Speaking of which, I saw a photo of either an Australian or Brit being awarded the SM, in WWII (it's in that softcover book about the SM).
  12. I haven't checked in to this forum in a while; sorry for the thread bump. A few months ago, I saw something online about a soldier with the Dutch Battalion in Korea receiving the Soldier's Medal; it was for rescuing someone in a mine field. I'll see if I can dig it up.
  13. By Ben Paynter Published: April 5, 2007 In October 2006, a few months after Allen DeCamp of Shawnee had buried his father, Robert, he received a letter that made him suspicious. It was from a retired Army lieutenant colonel named John Angolia. Angela C. Bond Allen DeCamp says a collector caused him more grief after his father died. Subject(s): Fort Leavenworth, Hitler, World War II, Army "I have read of the passing of your husband and can understand the grief you are feeling," Angolia wrote. "I see that he was a veteran of WWII." DeCamp had made sure that his dad's military status was listed
  14. WWI recipient: Halyburton, Edgar M., SGT, Company F, 16th Infatnry, 1st Division DSM# 1425 This evidently was not a Certificate of Merit conversion.
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