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  1. Followup to my previous post: Here is the Memo for the Flags for the Army....
  2. The Army began to phase in the flag on the BDU/DCU towards the end of 2003. It was a 2 year phase in period and was manditory for all soldiers by October 2005. Reference Army Regulation 670-1. NOTE: This was for the Army as a whole, they may have worn it earlier than that in certain AOR's but I do not know. As for the Air Force, in general I have never known this branch to have flags on the uniforms unless assigned to a specific AOR. For example, when I was tasked to go to Bosnia in 2002 I was told that I would be required to put one onto my uniform. I never did get that put on since I broke my wrist and got pulled from the team (which got diverted to a base in the middle east). Security Forces have put flags on their brassards, I never saw them directly on the uniform. Officially the flags were supposed to be in color but one of mine that still has the desert version on it. The brassards are worn on the left arm so the flag was not "backwards" as the Army wears them. This was prior to the switch to the ABU and Multicams. I do not know the official rule for the flag in Afghanistan for the Air Force today...but I know they have switched over to the the Multicam for those serving in Afghanistan.
  3. First off, I want to thank all of the members on this forum. In addition to this tread, I have found multiple areas within the forum that have provided me with information and insight on this project and numerous members who have been more than willing to share their knowledge. Below is a photo of the end product. It is currently wrapped up for transport. Grandpa is not with us anymore so I had this made for my mom, she has no idea that I have done this, I had to basically con her into letting me hold onto the medals she had for a bit. I will take a better photo once I give it to my mom and it is unwrapped. Traditionally we would set up a shadowbox based on the time period that the individual retired...I did not do this. You will see some differences within the box. The brief background of my grandfather: He enlisted in the Navy in December 1936, transfered from Active Duty to the fleet reserve in October 1956 (just 3 months shy of 20 years). He continued to serve in the Navy Reserve until he was medically retired in December 1964. With all of that in mind, as was suggested on this forum, I flipped the GCM around to show his name. I got a second GCM (just the medal) to put next to the original so the front is also showing. Although the award clasps were discontinued in the early 50's and replaced with service stars, I chose to put the clasps back onto the medal since I already had them. I wanted to show a bit of history along with his service. I added individual stars to the GCM ribbon on his ribbon rack to show how it was when he actually retired. Most of these medals are older, not replacements from the navy...with a couple of exceptions. 9 of the ribbons are his original ones, I thought it was very important to keep it that way, you can really tell the difference between his originals and the ones I had to replace when you look at them. I also added awards to this shadowbox that were retroactive (i.e. ROK War Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon). Another suggestion I took to heart was sewing the ribbons to the box rather than using glue. The tops are sewn as well as the rings to the top of the actual medal to prevent stress to the ribbon fabric. After a bit of a search I was able to aquire an appropriate CPO bullion. I used a Khaki one...mainly because that was the one I was able to locate. I also aquired a fouled anchor hat pin to add to this. A co-worker of mine is retired Navy and informed me of how significant this is to a navy CPO. As you can see from the orginal plan, I had to change the design. Once I actually got everything and had them to play with, it turned out they would not fit this way. In addition, through my research I found an error and had to remove a medal. It threw me off, but that is ok, I would rather that than add something that should not be in the box. Overall I am thrilled with how this turned out. In hindsight I would have done a couple of minor things differently...but nothing major. Anyhow I hope you guys enjoy looking at this.
  4. I wonder if Mr. Fike has ever become aware of a family turning around and selling the medals that he returned. I would also be curious how he would respond to it.
  5. The Navy was kind enough to send me a ROK WSM with the replacement medals I had requested.
  6. When I was talking about the UN Medal being clearly identified on the DD214, I was thinking about the actual order which authorized the UN Medal as well as the Korean Service Medal. The funny thing is I have two seperate orders, one shows 1 star on the Korean Service Medal, the second shows 2 stars on it, but the DD214 does not show any. I figure I will go with the one star since that is what is on the ribbon (one of his original ones) that I have
  7. Well crap, it just dawned on me what the letter from the Navy Department was talking about...I think the S was just a typo...should read "UN Medal" which would be the UN Medal for Korea I guess some times you get so wrapped up in something you don't see the obvious answer.
  8. Here is the DD214. Sorry for the split image, since the available printer/scanner is not working at the moment my limited computer skills have been put to the test trying to get this up Anyhow I pointed out the decoration in question. If anyone has any suggestions on what this decoration could possibly be it would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Thanks, it has been a whole lot of fun looking through these old photographs. Recinding the authorization would make since in a strange kind of way. With all of the campaign medels that were authorized during WWII I think that would be a strong possibility. On a side note I got a package from the Navy today (it took them a solid 4 months) on a request I made for information and replacement medals, they confirmed that they do not see anything on their end that would authorize a Navy Expeditionary medal. The frusterating part is I was very specific in my attached letter regarding the "USN Medal" that is listed on the DD214. I asked if it was not this, what it would possibly be. They either ignored that or "misunderstood" what my question was. They said that the medel in question was the UN Korean Service Medal...that is pretty well documented on the DD214. They did give me a replacement for that which I did not need since I have the original. They also told me that he is authorized the Combat Action Ribbon with a gold star (they sent that to me too). That threw me off a bit so I looked into that and found that it was a retroactive authorization. Anyhow now I need to see if I can figure out what this listed decoration is. It may not be from that early, I was just focused on that due to the picture. The DD214 was issued in Sept 1956 when he transfered to the fleet reserve. This decoration could have been issued at any time after WWII as well, I just need to figure out what it is and go from their I guess. Anyhow now the r
  10. Here is a larger picture for reference. Again I am looking at the ribbon to the left just above the expert pistol shot medal. If any one has any other suggestions on what the this "USN MEDAL" listed on the DD214 might be I can try to run that down. Thank You all for your input and suggestions.
  11. Here is another question for my project. How does the Navy use rank in a formal manor? How should it be written on the name plate? Fire Control Chief? Fire Control Chief Petty Officer? Simply Chief Petty Officer? Thanks, Dan
  12. He enlisted in December 1936. The earliest information I have found as far as ships he served on is the USS Quincy in 1939 and USS Wainright in 1940. So far I have not found anything prior to his service on the Quincy. His name is Samuel Leroy Swysgood, service #2795096
  13. I did not realize the image would be so small...I will repost a larger image in a couple of days when I have access to a computer that converts this a little better than the one I am on now.
  14. Hello all. I am hoping for some help in identifying a ribbon. I am working on a shadowbox for my grandpa and I have had to replace numerous decorations. I received his DD214 from the national archives and one of the decorations listed is a "USN MEDAL". I am not aware of any decorations with this name. Looking through some old photographs I believe I have identified this decoration as a Navy Expeditionary Medal. It is kind of hard to tell since the photo is in black & white. This photo was taken sometime in the early 1940s if that information helps. The ribbon I am looking at is the one to the left of the American Defense Ribbon and above the Expert Pistol Shot Medal. My biggest concern is putting something in that should not be their...and/or not putting something in that should be. Dan
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