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Medal ID Needed

Discussion in 'Medals, Insignia, Badges & Recalls' started by adambhoy, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. adambhoy

    adambhoy Member

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    Hi Everybody--

    This ribbon bar belonged to a 17th Airborne/82nd Airborne vet; it was in his Ike jacket breast pocket. Can anyone ID the medal on the left? I know the one on the right is the French Croix de Guerre, but I can't find the one on the left.

    It's certainly possible that this vet picked these up somewhere/traded for them/whatever, and wasn't authorized to wear them himself, so they may have no connection to either of the divisions he served in during and just after World War II.

    The ribbon bar may also be upside down. As I've never seen the one and the Croix de Guerre is the same one side up or the other, that's certainly a possibility.

    Thanks for any help!
    Adam

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    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    The right one obviously is the French Croix de Guerre or the Cross of War like you said but the left one is very strange to be honest. Such an unusual order of colors. I would really like to help you but I don't have a clue what it could be.
     
  3. YugoslavPartisan

    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    Have you identified the ribbon? I'm really curious.

    Sorry for double post btw.
     
  4. Buten42

    Buten42 Member Patron  

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    The ribbon looks like it has the colors for French flag, German flag and Italian flag. Could it be some kind of campaign ribbon?
     
  5. YugoslavPartisan

    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    I thought so too but I couldn't find anything that looked even close to this ribbon.
    Btw it's Belgian and not German flag since the German flag colors from up to down are black, red, yellow.
     
  6. Skipper

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    Could it have anything to do with a combination of African campaign, Italy campaign and French and Germany campaign medals?
     
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    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    Maybe but it is strange since I haven't found anything that could be even close to this. I searched all the US, UK, French, Canadian, Australian and many other Ally country's medals, orders and decorations but I haven't found anything.
     
  8. adambhoy

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    We have a winner!!

    I found it. And guess where? On ww2f of course. Here's the old post.

    It's a US Disaster Relief Command Pioneer Award ribbon (and yes it's inverted in my pic).

    SO, that answers that. Now, the next question... What the $&% does that mean? I can't find much on the USDRC on the interwebs, and I'm still confused as to the medal's meaning.

    Adam
     
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    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    That was so unpredictable...

    When I google US Disaster Relief Command Pioneer Award it directs me to this forums. This is officialy the strangest award I've seen so far.
     
  10. adambhoy

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    :)

    If anyone finds a picture of this medal or any more info please post it here.
     
  12. lwd

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    Well a similar ribbon is mentioned on the awards of the Civil Air Patrol wiki page at:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_Civil_Air_Patrol
    Which might give you some idea.
    The Pioneer part is rather interesting and makes it a bit more obscure. The two ribbons together make for an interesting puzzle that's for sure.
     
  13. chibobber

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    This ribbon is sometimes referred to as the unofficial WW1 victory medal.However it is an intermediate ribbon given to veterans prior to the WWI Victory medals and ribbons being available.The ribbon and a victory pin was available for the asking at government facilities.
    Your vet may have picked it up by mistake thinking it was a correct victory medal ribbon.{goes into PX and asks for a victory ribbon and this is what they gave him.)
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Sounds like a volunteer organization. Not sure why it would be married with a CdG ribbon. That seems odd if it came from a veteran that way.
     
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    Wow I would never have though tof that one
     
  17. formerjughead

    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    Especially considering "Spaniard" had his meat hooks in it
     

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