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Can anyone identify the top ribbon on this uniform? It was my father's and we can't find it online

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  1. Glen Liner

    Glen Liner New Member

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  2. Slipdigit

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    Closest I could find.

    Alabama State Defense Force Outstanding Unit Commendation Ribbon?

    Was he from Alabama and did he serve in the State Defense Force? The State Defense force was armed forces raised by the states after the National Guard was mobilized in 1940.

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    I don't know where in the Order of Precedence a State DF unit award would sit. Anybody?
     
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    I'd say that's a match. The colors on the other ribbons have yellowed over time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the same with the top ribbon too. In terms of order of precedence, a state defense force award would be last (order would go Federal, National Guard, State Defense)
     
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    That made me wonder, since I thought the same thing. I thought it might be upside down, up the other three ribbons are in the correct order and if turned over, would not be arranged 3 over 1.

    @Glen Liner What is the DUI he was wearing. I looked briefly for it, but could not find it. Just wanting to know.
     
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    This originated as an Inter-Allied Service Medal ribbon from WW1. Also sometimes known as the unofficial Victory Ribbon The short answer for it being in a WW2 group is the soldier picked up ribbon as his victory ribbon before the official WW2 version was available,or he was actually awarded the inter allied service ribbon.
    The colors are indicative of our allies and would be treated as a lesser award and would be last in order on the image shown. The soldier probably purchased it and just placed it where he thought it looked OK. Probably did not give it much thought as he was going home.
     
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    Do you know the name of it?

    The positioning of it was throwing me. There were not a lot of ribbons worn above the Good Conduct and the ones that are are well known.

    I had reservations about my suggestion. The border on the Alabama, for one.
     
  7. KMZgirl

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    Looks like Allied Service Medal, sometimes sold in European Theater but also seen listed on WWII separation papers. Check this thread and compare. Help in identifying a ribbon
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Good show, guys. I was just stabbing in the dark. At least you were actually hitting paydirt.
     
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    I'm on my second go 'round with the flu bug, so I've had a bit more free time the last couple days. Though, I have to give a hat tip to chibobber who recognized it as an Inter-Allied Service Medal ribbon.
     

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