A story about a man and his US Navy experience
Ribbons and medals are always to be aligned according to their importance, with the Medal of Honor being the highest honor given. Ribbons are worn on dress uniforms and medals are usually worn only on formal occasions. In some cases there are no medals associated with a ribbon.
Meritorious Unit Commendation is the third highest award given a United States Naval Unit. It was instituted in 1967. Awarded to Navy/Marine Corps units for valorous actions or meritorious achievement in combat or noncombat.
National Defense Service Medal was instituted in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was awarded to any honorable active duty service during the Korean War from June 27, 1950 – July 27, 1954, and the Vietnam War from January 1, 1961 –August 14, 1974. The ribbon has a broad center stripe of yellow representing high ideals. The red, white, and blue stripes represent the national flag. The red for hardiness and valor, white for purity of purpose and blue for perseverance and justice. No more than one medal is awarded to a single individual but a bronze star denotes additional awards of the medal.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was awarded from July 1, 1958 to present. It is issued for participation in military operations not covered by specific war medals. Korea from 1966 to 1974
Korean Service Medal is for participation in military operations within the Korean area during the time from November 8, 1950 to July 27 1954
United Nations Service Medal (Korea) was issued on behalf of the United Nations in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
Vietnam Service Medal is for service in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Thailand from July 8, 1965 to March 28, 1973
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was issued for 6 months service in the Republic of Vietnam between 1961 and 1973 or if wounded, captured or killed in action.
Combat Service Commemorative Medal is struck to honor all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who served in an overseas combat theater or expeditionary combat operation
Vietnam Defense Commemorative Medal is struck to honor all military personnel who served in South Vietnam or in direct support from Thailand, Guam, Okinawa or the waters off shore between 1962 and 1975.
Cold War Victory Commemorative Medal is struck to recognize any honorable military service between 2 Sept 1945 and 26 December 1991
Overseas Service Commemorative Medal is struck to honor all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who served in an overseas theater or expeditionary operation outside the United States for 30 days or more
Navy Service Commemorative Medal is struck to honor all who have honorable military service in the U.S. Navy between 1775 and the present.
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