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#1 Mark1

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 05:00 PM

Any info on this ribbon

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:09 PM

Any info on this ribbon

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I'm still looking to get certitude for you (Teamski might know without taking a deep breath :lol: ) ... but, what it reminds me of in terms of color and light-colored stitchery (minus the AAF symbol) is a current USAF medal given for outstanding civilian volunteer service.

So, maybe it could be a USAAF version of that, but I'm looking.

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:33 PM

Found some info, but not sure
Army Air Forces personell that belongs to the Civil Air Patrol

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:47 PM

Found some info, but not sure
Army Air Forces personell that belongs to the Civil Air Patrol

Mark

I checked every single current CAP and found nothing like it... so, if it is CAP, earlier than I'm looking at. I also checked every single official USAF device or ribbon or medal and found nothing even close.

Still looking...

Obviously, the answer is obvious and right in front of our noses... which in my case would mean it is rather far away. :blink:

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:56 PM

It's a WW2 sweetheart ribbon for AAF. I've got it in a book somewhere.. I'll dig for the book.. Keep in mind tho, there's a lot of junk in the house.. Last time I dug, I found my 1911A1 burried under some of it.. I think the one in my book is green tho.. I may be wrong.. There were 3 or 4 variations shown..

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:15 AM

This ribbon was identified in a earlier thread http://www.usmilitar...?showtopic=6211

In this thread, forum member Bluejacket gives an excellent summary of the ribbon.

"...was a civilian award authorized on July 1, 1943 for faithful and meritorious service by employees in various civilian jobs within the War Department. There were three grades, 6 months service, 10 years service and 25 years service.

The various ribbons can be found on page 32 of the National Geographic Insignia and Decorations book from WWII.

The 6 month ribbon was a plain blue ribbon with three thin stitched horozintal lines and the insignia design of either the Office of the Secretary of War; War Department General Staff; Army Ground Forces; Army Air Forces or Army Service Forces.

The 10 year ribbon had an added thin white vertical stripe at each edge and the 25 year had thin red and white stripes.

These were strictly for wear on civilian clothes."

You can also see other examples of similiar ribbons on this thread.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 05:17 AM

I guessed right! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 06:40 AM

I guessed right! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif

Beast is certainly correct; of this series, the Army Service Forces is the most common, followed by the Army Air Forces, then Army Ground Forces. Most difficult to find are the War Department versions and General Staff versions. Any of the various types with the edging for more years of service, (the 10 and 25 year versions) are extremely difficult to find.

On the same page of the National Geographic cited above, you will find civilian service ribbons for duty in the American, European and Pacific theaters of war. These are also incredibly hard to find, in 30 years of search, I have found only ONE (the European). I do have some question about whether or not these could be worn on uniforms. I tend to think (though I have no photographic evidence to support this), that they were worn by civilian employees of the organizations noted above on the military style uniforms that were worn with the Non Combatant sleeve emblem and collar tabs. I would be very interested in hearing from any forum member who has information, or an original example of the Civilian Combatant sleeve emblem.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 08:31 PM

thanks for all the help

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 06:57 PM

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