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  •  exlrrp: might depend on *where* he was (2+ / 0-)
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    I've got a buddy whose service was in places we were officially NOT, during the 'Nam. His "good conduct" ribbons are from Utapao.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:41:03 AM PST

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    •  Also depends on his MOS (0+ / 0-)

      You can be all over, fighting America's enemies on every front but if you don't have a combat MOS youre not going to get a combat badge like a CIB, CMB, or CAR.
      And if you don't have a CIB, CAR or euivalent youre going to have a hard time convincing he people who do that you saw combat. Not impossible but you better have agood story with some good backup.

      remember: EVERYBODY remembers things in their own favor, its human nature.  and NOBODY thinks he got all the medals he deserved.

      the awards to look for are, from bottom to top, are: Army Commendation and Bronze Star with V, Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/ Air Force Cross, and Congressional Medal of Honor
      the V stands for Valor---you can get an Arcom, Bronze Star or Silver Star for meritorious: this may be anything from being Soldier of th Month to running an efficent mess hall. If you got a meritorious medal it meant someone liked you and the person had juice.

      You may get any of those medals for bravery for any individual action in any MOS.

      Good Conduct medals don't mean that much, its an administrative award. We used to call them Secret Decoder Rings For Assholes but we weren't career.
      If a person doesn't have a medal for bravery, its not impresive but that may be sour grapes from someone who didn't get any either (got the CIB)
      Most veterans are like me: I wasn't all that brave but I was all that deperate. the times I was brave not enough people saw me do it, and the ones that did had bertter things to do than get me a medal, so Sin Loy, motherfjucker, as the saying went

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 06:14:26 PM PST

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      •  one more thing (0+ / 0-)

        Its REALLY crass and chickenshit to claim a medal not on your record. anyone who does is full of shit and you can tell em a lrrp told you that

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 06:36:02 PM PST

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