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  1. UpaLumpa is offline
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    Attention military personnel, retired or otherwise. Need some help.

    I recently got a really, really great present from my brother. It is an amazingly well presented box frame with our dad's rank insignia, badges and ribbons from his 42 years of military service (our dad died in 1997). I've been trying to figure out the different ribbons and have run into a bit of a wall. I suspect that part of the problem in identifying things is due to the fact that my dad served in the Army, Marines and Air Force even though most of his time was in the AF.

    Here's what there is and what I've got so far:


    Navigator badge


    UNKNOWN. Some sort of parachute badge, unfortunately this doesn't look like the ones currently issued for those who've gone through Airborne training.
    Is it different or just old?

    Ribbons:


    Top Row (L-R): Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
    2nd Row: Joint Service Commendation Medal; Airforce Commendation Medal (x2); Army Commendation Medal; Joint Service Commendation medal
    3rd Row: Air Force Achievement Medal; Air Force Presidential Unit Citation; UNKNOWN; Joint Meritorious Unite Award;
    4th Row: Outstanding Unit Award (x4); Organizational Excellence Award; UNKNOWN; UNKNOWN
    5th Row: Combat Readiness Medal; UNKNOWN; UNKNOWN; Air Force Recognition Ribbon
    6th Row: National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Longevity Service Award (x5); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (xUNKNOWN*)
    7th Row: Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; United Nations Service Medal; United Nations Medal; Republic of Korea War Service Medal


    Any help on the unknowns as well as any corrections would really mean a lot to me.

    Thanks.
    Upa



    *I figured out the ribbon, just not the modifier.
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    The two at the right end of row 4 are:

    Navy Unit Commendation
    Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

    In that order.

    3rd one in row 3 is the Navy Presidential Unit Citation.

    Second one row five is Marine Good Conduct Medal.

    The "X" is an Hourglass:

    The HOURGLASS is worn on each succeeding award of the RESERVE MEDAL of each of the branches of service. A BRONZE Hourglass indicates the 1st Award, SILVER the 2nd, and GOLD the 3rd..
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    I can't see the images, so I can't really comment on the parachute badge, but I'll try

    It could be a Air Assault badge (aka Bullwinkle badge)


    or Glider badge.


    or Pathfinder badge


    The Basic Parachutist badge has not changed in design since it was first awarded in the 40s. It could be a pair of foreign jump wings, but it's impossible that your dad would have jumped with a foreign unit without first being Airborne qualified at Benning.

    The Air Force has occupational specialty badges that look remarkably like jump wings, except it's a laurel wreath instead of a pair of feathered wings.

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    The wings are the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutists insignia, AKA Marine Jump Wings.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.my/USMC-USN-INSI...mZ200343603598
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    Thanks a ton. That leaves row 5, #3:


    Any idea about the gold parchute?

    Thanks too, this means a lot to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecos View Post
    The wings are the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutists insignia, AKA Marine Jump Wings.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.my/USMC-USN-INSI...mZ200343603598
    Excellent!
    I guess I got mixed up about which came first the Marines or the Army (he was also in the Air Force twice, wtf?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by UpaLumpa View Post
    Thanks a ton. That leaves row 5, #3:


    Any idea about the gold parchute?

    Thanks too, this means a lot to me.
    Can't find that one anywhere, it might be a foreign award (France?)

    Found this one, that kinda looks like it:



    Says it's "Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal"
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    Got it now that I know where to look:
    5.3 is the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
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    Thank you very much; here's what I've got:

    http://i44.tinypic.com/2a7ww3p.jpg
    Navigator badge

    http://i39.tinypic.com/s4p6vt.jpg
    Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia (Marine Jump Wings)

    http://i43.tinypic.com/rr8vgo.jpg

    Top Row (L-R): Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal

    2nd Row: Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal (x2); Army Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement medal

    3rd Row: Air Force Achievement Medal; Air Force Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award;

    4th Row: Outstanding Unit Award (x4); Organizational Excellence Award; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

    5th Row: Combat Readiness Medal; Marine Good Conduct Medal; Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal; Air Force Recognition Ribbon

    6th Row: National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Longevity Service Award (x5); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Gold Hour Glass:30 years)

    7th Row: Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; United Nations Service Medal; United Nations Medal; Republic of Korea War Service Medal
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    With regard to the gold colored wings they are indeed either: 1. USMC Basic Parachutist Badge. These are worn by qualified Naval (SEAL) or USMC qualified personnel. Or, 2. The Nation of Honduras Parachutist Badge. This is a foreign award conferred by the government itself for training with and accompanying their national forces on at least parachute exercise or "jump." That is where I received mine in 1987. I hope this helps.
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