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    Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    This is a picture of my Great Uncle Charlie, and the medals he won during his service during WWII. I don't know what they mean, but I would like to so I can pass his story on to my children. Anything you can help me add to his story, it would be much appreciated.
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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Well, Great Uncle Charlie sure got around. The far left green medal means he saw action in the European/African theater, while the far right orange medal means he also saw action in the Pacific theater.

    The yellow ones are a basic service medal: The American Defense Service Medal, for people who were already in service between September 1939 to December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor). The middle medal is hard to see, but I'm guessing it's the World War II Victory Medal.

    This should give you a good start on your research.

    EDIT: I also believe the stars on the ribbons refer to specific campaigns. Also, the top right red ribbon with white stripes is probably the Army Good Conduct Medal, while the top left has me stumped.


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Looks like the right ribbon is the Army Good Conduct Ribbon w/ Bronze Conduct Knot Device and the left ribbon is the Air Force Longevity Service Award. Medals from left to right appear to be: European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War 2 Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal again, and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Top left pin looks like the Male Officer Army Hat Badge.


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

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    You can look up the general descriptions for each service ribon. Most are just to demarcate where he had been, he was a reservist, ect. The only one I am not sure of is the two tone blue in the upper row.

    I can't find that one, individual, or unit citation.


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    they are campaign medals , where you served and was during different conflicts, thanks to your uncle for his service



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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaKagavi View Post
    Well, Great Uncle Charlie sure got around. The far left green medal means he saw action in the European/African theater, while the far right orange medal means he also saw action in the Pacific theater.

    The yellow ones are a basic service medal: The American Defense Service Medal, for people who were already in service between September 1939 to December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor). The middle medal is hard to see, but I'm guessing it's the World War II Victory Medal.

    This should give you a good start on your research.

    EDIT: I also believe the stars on the ribbons refer to specific campaigns. Also, the top right red ribbon with white stripes is probably the Army Good Conduct Medal, while the top left has me stumped.
    Stars on ribbons usually means they won that medal multiple times. Instead of wearing that medal multiple times, they'll place something on the ribbon indicating it's been earned multiple times.


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    It's the Air Force Longevity Service Award


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Thanks to all who have replied. I find it funny that he received a good conduct medal because I have heard that he made Sergeant several times before being busted down to Private again. He was quite a character.
    I'm hoping that my children will understand the sacrifices that he made, and by understanding that, they will understand the sacrifices that others that have followed (or preceded) him have made.



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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    It's the Air Force Longevity Service Award
    Except there wasn't an Air Force per se during WWII. What we now know as the Air Force was a part of the Army back then.


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    Re: Anyone who knows about Military insignia, I would like your help...

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Except there wasn't an Air Force per se during WWII. What we now know as the Air Force was a part of the Army back then.
    Right, but it may have been an army air-core specific medal, and then when they split to two different branches, that particular medal went with the air-force?


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