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  1. If you are referring to the U S Lighthouse Service, that which was rolled into the USCG in 1939, no, they did not use any such variation on USN officers cap device insignia, ever. A single lighthouse in silver within a gold open-top wreath was more their speed or an occasional badge type shield. See cap emblems of the various gents photo'd and page 4 specifically. https://uslhs.org/sites/default/files/articles_pdf/keepers_new_clothes.pdf Or go here and click on side arrows to go from page to page https://archive.org/details/001119/001 119.jpg
  2. The service star device on the American Defense Medal is more properly worn on just the service ribbon, not the medal. On the medal should be worn ONE of the following: “Base” Clasp for USN & USMC personnel for shore based service outside the continental US during eligibility period, “Fleet” Clasp for USN, USMC, or USCG personnel for sea service while attached to any fleet (Atlantic, Pacific, or Asiatic) vessel, vessels of the Naval Transport Service or contracted by the CNO during the eligibility period, or “A” device for service at sea related to the Neutrality Patrol between 22 June and 7 December 1941. The USCG has a separate “Sea” clasp for USCG personnel serving on vessels or aircraft not covered by the “Fleet” clasp. The service star device is/was worn in lieu of either the Base or Fleet clasp only on the service ribbon; those eligible for the “A” device worn the same on the ribbon vice the star device, so, one wore one or the other, not both. The service star device had nothing to do with participation in any particular campaign. As shown above, that is not really regulation, since there is no "A" device, there should be either the "Base" or "Fleet" clasp (only allowed to wear one or the other, not both).
  3. That is a fake. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medal_of_Honor#/media/File:Medal_of_Honor_U.S.Army.jpg
  4. Assuredly US Merchant Marine awards. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_United_States_Merchant_Marine
  5. 'Agreed. Reading someone's ribbons in the 50's and 60's was much more interesting . . . now it is "nice" that one can get a gong for just about anything. I can remember seeing the W on an Expeditionary ribbon/medal . . . pretty damn rare on folks walking around on active duty in the early to mid 1960s. Not as rare, but enough to be noticed was the Atlantic A for Neutrality Patrol on the American Defense Service ribbon/medal.
  6. A silver star on a Navy Achievement Medal or a Navy Commendation Medal is, in both cases, indicative of a total of six awards. Somebody must have really gotten around. One might note there is no Combat V so neither, apparently, for however many awards, was combat related.
  7. ROTC would normally use just an anchor. Without the letters, that's a commissioned officer's cap device and should not be worn by a midshipman even if one were, e.g., midshipman captain, that is, the senior midshipman in a ROTC detachment, he'd still wear just an anchor device on his cap.
  8. Watched the whole thing. It appeared to me that the uniform of the day for the event was service dress, not full dress. For example, the Army four-star general I saw was wearing the new pinks & greens uniform which specifies ribbons not medals. Medals are are worn with full dress, which for the Army is blue. In the photo above all these gents are in service dress. The blue service dress worn by the Army general center front has been replaced with pinks & greens and the blue uniform is now either dress - with ribbons, or full dress with full medals. I saw no one wearing full dress uniform. At some point, usually governed by regulation, someone decides what will be the uniform for the event . . . in this case, service dress as opposed to fancier dress or full dress. Had there be inauguration balls, obviously forgone this time around, the uniform specified would probably had been mess dress (full dress with bow tie optional since mess dress is not a required article of uniform) worn with miniatures. Service dress, by definition with ribbons, not medals, is specified for inaugurals in regulation 670-1.
  9. With the lettering on the front, it is not a regulation USN officers cap device of any era.
  10. Hope attached helps, army jargon translated orders extract.pdf
  11. Here's a set, my father's. I've eight of these sets,oddly, only one sports a national defense ribbon (obviously not this one) . . . guess he didn't like it.
  12. Here's a set. Interestingly, the Navy Cross on the full size set is a "Black Widow" variety and I've seen miniatures of that variety, so I'm presuming the one here was procured after the fact.
  13. A T Jones is a costumer. What you have is probable a costume as opposed to a uniform. https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2018/3/12/on-with-the-show-a-t-jones-sons-costume-shop-turns-150 You can make a reenactor discussing the accuracy of his uniform really angry if you say something along the lines of, "Oh, you were never inducted into or actually served in the German Army? Well, then, what you are wearing then is a costume, not a uniform."
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