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#1 SpikeBayonet

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:29 PM

My late father worked for the Army Map Service in Washington, DC in 1945 prior to entering the Navy. For his service he was awarded a ribbon that I for the life of me cannot identify either using my vast library or the 'net, so I'm turning to the experts.

Basically - the ribbon was solid blue with visible stitching across the front and an Army Service Forces insignia centered on it - normal width, but a little taller than most military ribbons (I'm of course describing this from memory - I chose to bury dad's ribbons with him).

Anyway - any info would be most appreciated and I am, naturally, interested in obtaining a duplicate for my personal collection...

#2 Bluejacket

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 03:30 PM

SpikeBayonet,

Your late father's 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. Mapping was a function of the Army Service Forces. If your father went into the service he was probably authorized the basic 6 month style.

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 06:03 PM

Here are the WWII civilian service ribbons for the Army Service Forces.

top to bottom;

6 months

10 years

25 years




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#4 SpikeBayonet

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:13 AM

That's it (the 6-months ribbon).

Thanks for all the replies :D

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 03:16 PM

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