Hi guys (and gals),
I'm in a bit of a dilemma in regards to restoring my Great Grandfather's WW1 uniform. He was missing his medals, discharge stripe, and wound stripe. I got the appropriate victory medal, a discharge stripe, and a wound stripe that fit their ghosts perfectly. Later today I'm going to put them on.
However, I got to thinking that he is missing a few more things, but I'm not sure if I should go through with it. First I was thinking of getting the Army of Occupation of Germany medal, however, he was never formally awarded it or even applied for it, but he does qualify. Second, I considered getting a early issue Purple Heart because he has the wound stripe, but when he applied for it later on in life he was denied (the reason was his records were burned, however, I have a surviving copy stating where and when he was wounded and that he qualified for the wound stripe). I didn't go through the process of getting him a PH a few years ago because my grandmother didn't want to do the paper work.
So my question is, am I embellishing his service if I get these two medals? Technically he qualified for them and they were only awarded retroactively in the first place. He never even received his Victory Medal when he got home. Would it be appropriate? Or should I just not do it?