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#1 IkesGrunt

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:10 PM

Hello and thank you in advance for the help...a 4th Marine Division marine that participated in the Saipan and Iwo Campaigns would have been authorized to wear two stars on their PUC ribbon correct?

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#2 USMCR79

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:03 PM

Yes



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:01 AM

.... would have been authorized to wear two stars on their PUC ribbon correct?
Thank you,
Pat

NO, the ribbon represents the first award, and a single star representing the second.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:13 PM

Actually according to both my 4th MarDiv Iwo/Saipan uniforms paperwork, the Saipan PUC was awarded with a Blue star, Iwo would constitute the second star.

 

The PUC should have two stars.

 

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#5 medalcollector

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 08:22 PM

I'm sorry to rehash an issue. But according to the few things I have seen, the first award is just the pic ribbon, subsequent awards are stars. That's consistent with award practices of other medals. Can an expert please confirm?

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#6 Kurt Barickman

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 04:59 PM

Have seen them both ways.

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#7 TLeo

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 05:25 PM

During the  war, weren't they awarded with a star (blue early on)  to denote actual  participation in the action for which it was awarded and later or post war it became to denote the second award? That is what I recall reading or finding somewhere.



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 07:20 PM

TLeo may be right. It may have been done that way in some instances. I have a first award presentation letter that came in the service file saying "forwarded with a star".

I found this
http://www.amervets....ent/puc.htm#isr

According to that
"NAVY/MARINE/COAST GUARD: Additional awards of the Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by Bronze and silver stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. Subsequent award of the Presidential Unit Citation are currently denoted by bronze stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter; a silver star three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter is worn in lieu of five bronze stars.

-- Blue stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter (now obsolete) were initially used to denote second and subsequent awards"

Thanks to all.

Edited by medalcollector, 28 September 2016 - 07:23 PM.



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