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Hello all, I have this medal group to Col. Franklin Edward Winnie, LM, ARCOM & BOLC. I can not identify the last ribbon on his rack. Any help would be appreciated. It might be the South Korean Military Merit medal 5th class - but I am not sure and it is not in his records. Thanks and cheers Captain Albert :cheers:

Legion of Merit (1953, Korean War, IX Corps)

Army Commendation Medal w/ Br Oak leaf Cluster

American Defense Medal

American Campaign Medal

European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 2 Br stars

World War II Victory Medal

Army of WW2 Occupation w/ Germany Bar and Berlin Airlift Device

Medal for Humane Actions

Korean Service Medal w/ 2 Br stars

National Defense Service Medal w/ Br star

Armed Forces Reserve Medal (NG) w/ Hour Glass

U. N. Korea Medal


Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (not in his record, but entitled to and he is wearing in above photo)

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Hello Captain A!

Wouldn't a South Korean award rank above an international award (like UN Korea)? Any chance of additional UN service in either UNOGIL (Lebanon) or UNTSO (Palestine)? Coming to think of it, I once met a Swede who served in the Swedish battalion in UNFICYP (Cyprus), and who later served as a sniper with USMC in Vietnam who wore his UN award with the UNOGIL/UNTSO ribbon instead of the UNFICYP ribbon, maybe it's the official US style of indicating UN service (bar Korea) - a general issue UN ribbon? On the other hand where would a state award end up on a ribbon bar, and would they be visible in federal service records? Just some thoughts...


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Thanks Jonas, The only California National Guard ribbon/medal Col. Winnie earned was the California 10 year service medal (see below). He had no other UN service after Korea, and returned first to Japan then the US. Cheers Captain Albert

Winnie leaves the ETO and was reassigned to the States on 9 May 1949. He attends New York University, New York as a student studying Safety engineering. On 28 May 1949 he was assigned as Executive Officer of the Provost Marshal Section at Headquarters 6th Army, Presidio of San Francisco, CA. Winnie transfers to the Military Police Corps on 31 Jul 1950. On 15 Jan 1951 Winnie was a Student Officer TDY to the Provost Marshal General School Camp Gordon, GA. On 3 Feb 1951 Winnie returns as Executive Officer of the Provost Marshal Section at Headquarters 6th Army. On 2 Aug 1951 Winnie was the Acting Provost Marshal at Headquarters 6th Army. On 1 Sep 1951 Winnie reverts to Executive Officer of the Provost Marshal Section. He serves at Headquarters 6th Army to 7 May 1952.

On 7 May 1952 Winnie was assigned to Headquarters (HQ) IX Corps, Far East Command (FEC) as Assistant Provost Marshal. This duty was in Korea. 16 May 1952 he was made Corps Provost Marshal, HQ IX Corps, FEC. Winnie was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1953 for his service in Korea with XI Corps. IX Corps Campaigns: World War II (Asiatic-Pacific Theater), Korean War (UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Winter, Summer-Fall 1952, Third Winter, Summer 1953). IX Corps Decorations: Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations (streamers embroidered Korea 1950, and Korea 1952 - 1953). Winnie had earned the Korean Service medal w 2 Br. Stars, the U.N. Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for this assignment with IX Corps. Winnies campaigns were: (Summer-Fall 1952, and Third Korean Winter). From Winnie's ribbon bars it appears he was awarded the South Korean Order of Military Merit 5th Class. This is not recorded in his personnel files, as with the Korean Presidential Unit award.

On 10 Mar 1953 Winnie was transferred to the HQ 8232d Army Unit at Camp Tokyo, Japan as the Deputy Provost Marshal. On 20 April 1953 he becomes Provost Marshal for the HQ 8232d Army Unit, Camp Tokyo, Japan. On 3 Aug 1953 Winnie was promoted to Full Colonel. In 1954 he returns to the US.

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