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Help identifing my dad's medals/ribbons

Discussion in 'Military' started by aw113sgte, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Oct 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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    aw113sgte

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    I am unsure of what any of them are technically called (I'd like to be able to look up more info).

    What is an oak cluster, why do some have multiple bronze oak but one has a silver?

    What is the star (versus the oak clusters).

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Oct 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    top=Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal
    middle=AF Commendation Medal, AF Organizational Excellence Award
    bottom=National Defense Ribbon, Longevity Ribbon, AF Basis Training

    from there you can look up the particulars on how to be given one. the bronze oak leaf is for one instance of the medal/ribbon (in addition to the medal/ribbon itself, ie ribbon+bronze oakleaf=2). the silver oak leaf means 5 of that medal/ribbon. he had the longevity ribbon 7 times, which should mean between 21-23 years, IIRC.

    as for badges, the top is his missile maintenance badge, middle is parachutist badge, and bottom should be the space badge.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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    Thanks that gives me a place to start!
    For the middle you listed 2, but there are 3 ribbons.
    He was in for 30 years BTW.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM
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    Middle row-Middle ribbon is the AF Outstanding Unit Award I think...
     
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    I'm not much help on the awards, but wanted to say thank you and I am very grateful for your fathers 30yrs of service!!
     
  7. Oct 25, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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    ^^this. overlooked on my part.
     
  8. Oct 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM
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    Sorry for the thread jack OP,, But what is the star in the NDR bottom left. The navy the star is the same ribbon X2 so he joined and re-uped in times of War?? Jim
     
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    IIRC you rate a star if, over your career you serve during two separate wars. So a WWII and Korea vet would rate a star. Not 100% though
     
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    More or less nailed it. It is authorized for a certain period of time...Serve thru multiple periods, get multiple awards. I know a few guys who have them for Gulf War I and post 9/11 operations.
     
  11. Oct 30, 2012 at 6:56 AM
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    Thanks. He didn't want to retire but mandatory came up (finished as Colonel). He retired and then worked at the rocket lab out at Edwards.
    Unfortunately due to his work with agent orange and other chemical weapons, they likely contributed to his brain cancer and he died at 65.
     
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