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Identification of WWII Military Ribbons/Bars

Discussion in 'Medals, Insignia, Badges & Recalls' started by hippychick39, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. hippychick39

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    Hi,

    I bought my husband, as he is collector of war medals etc, WWII Mililtary Uniform Bars which have 4 rows of 3 bars across for a total of 12 bars. I think they are US?

    Can anyone help describe to me what they mean. I wanted to display text with these when I give them to him for his birthday.
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    I have attached a photo of the ribbons, (hopefully it will work) as this is the first time I have been to this site.

    Any assistance is much appreciated

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    Hippychick:)
     

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  2. Slipdigit

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    Top Row L-R
    Legion of Merit (5 Awards), American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal
    Second Row
    Unknown to me, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal
    Third Row
    Unknown to me, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal
    Fourth Row
    Korean Service Medal (6 Awards), United Nations Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

    Maybe some of the others can you with the remaining two. I don't know what the A device is for on the American Defense Medal.
     
  3. hippychick39

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    Thank you very much, you have helped greatly.

    Hopefully someone now can assist with the last two

    :)
     
  4. Lippert

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    You sure on the Legion of Merit there mate? Pretty sure that's a Navy Good Conduct Medal.
     
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    Could very well be Lippert, I just noticed the absence of the white border
     
  6. C.Evans

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    Nice WWII/Korean War ribbonbar! I wish I could help on the unknowns but, all I collect are Imperial and WWII German ribbonbars and i'd be of little usage.

    Great bar though!

    Best regards-Carl.
     
  7. Skipper

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    I believe I have identified one of the two missing: (the first one from the first row, the yellow one with two red stripes). I think it's the China service medal.
     
  8. Lippert

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    Second row, first on the left is the European, African, Middle-Eastern Campaign medal.
     
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    Cheers Lippert, well I think we got them all now.
     
  10. JCFalkenbergIII

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    Jeff. I think the A device may actually be the V device upside down. It looks like all the Star devices seem to be upside down too.
     
  11. Slipdigit

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    You are most likely correct, as usual, Robert.
     
  12. Lippert

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    Think I got this one figured:

    A Device - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It seems the A device was awarded for contact with the enemy before the war officially began. Seeing as this guy has about 20 years (five good conduct medals at four years for each - assuming he never got busted) this is a logical conclusion as he has US Navy service before the war, during the war, and then in Korea.
     
  13. JCFalkenbergIII

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    That look like it may be it.
     
  14. T. A. Gardner

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    The first one is a Navy Good Conduct medal (5 awards for 20 years service). I should know I have several myself. Legion of Merit is red and white striped.
     
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    Good throw T.A. thank for the addition.
     
  16. strangehistory

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    The mystery one in the bottom right corner (with ying-yang / tae-gook) and metal frame looks like the Korean Presidential Unit Citation which I would have thought (as a Unit award) would have gone onto the left side's bars rather than clustered with the Individual awards on the right.
     
  17. ghost_of_war

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    Great collection.
     
  18. colletorww2

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    Anyone know what kind of ribbon this is?:confused:
    Dont know if it is ww2
     

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  19. T. A. Gardner

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    Looks like the British Order of Merit
     
  20. Lippert

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    I second T.A. on that.
     

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