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Old 06-10-2010, 06:20 PM   #21
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Wouldn't something like this get the point across to those who matter?

Wasn't that given to all that served during the Vietnam era? May be thinking of a different medal but I received a medal having joined the Air Force in April of 75 just before the "era" ended in June 75. Was in basic training the entire time. Guess I could find my discharge papers to confirm the name of the medal? I served in the military but not in Vietnam.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #22
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I think they should require some proof of service.
My DD214 shows SEA service, along with the associated ribbons/medals "earned" with my boots on the ground during that time.

Easy enough to validate. It's the only piece of paper the state would accept as proof for my VN plates.

Same proof required by the VA for my small disabilty payment (please, no comments - just trying to show how service in any area can be validated).
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Wasn't that given to all that served during the Vietnam era? May be thinking of a different medal but I received a medal having joined the Air Force in April of 75 just before the "era" ended in June 75.
I think you are referring to the National Defense Service Medal.

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In the years since the creation of the National Defense Service Medal, it is authorized only for the following time periods.
  • June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 for service during the Korean War
  • January 1, 1961 to August 14, 1974 for service during the Vietnam War
  • August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 for service during the Gulf War
  • September 11, 2001 to a date to be announced for service during the War on Terrorism
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I think you are referring to the National Defense Service Medal.
In my time, that was always referred to as the EGO medal ("Everybody Gets One").
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Wasn't that given to all that served during the Vietnam era? May be thinking of a different medal but I received a medal having joined the Air Force in April of 75 just before the "era" ended in June 75. Was in basic training the entire time. Guess I could find my discharge papers to confirm the name of the medal? I served in the military but not in Vietnam.
No, that would be this one
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Interesting perspectives on the "thank you for your service" comments. Between poker, and volunteering at the Pacific Aviation Museum, I meet a lot veterans. I general don't say thank you for your service, unless the guy has been in war zone.

Of course now days most serviceman and woman have served in combat zones multiple times. One guy I meet has had 5 deployments one bullet,one IED and one botched operation and he just turned 23.
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In my time, that was always referred to as the EGO medal ("Everybody Gets One").
Another award that's considered necessary but has become semantically meaningless. I know a woman wearing three of them, but she retired this week after 36 years of service.

During a COBRA GOLD exercise a few years back, spouse was in a Bangkok elevator with a dozen distinguished senior officers from several Asian & Middle Eastern countries. One of them was an Israeli officer a few years older than her. She was wearing the typical Navy cluster of ribbons on her dress khakis, and she's been around the block a few times so it was a fairly tall & shiny stack. The Israeli officer, with some confusion, asked her what combat deployments she'd been on. He knew that U.S. Navy women of her certain age had spent most of their careers being forbidden from combat duty.

As she explained, it became clear that he had thought all her ribbons were combat awards. He himself was wearing only combat-related ribbons. Luckily for him he was only wearing three of them.

The rest of the officers in the elevator just listened.
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I think you are referring to the National Defense Service Medal.
Thanks, that must be the one I was thinking of.
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In my time, that was always referred to as the EGO medal ("Everybody Gets One").
Ah. The service equivalent of the "participant trophy" in Little League?
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