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I am starting this thread to show visual examples of ribbons that people ask to identify often. If you have any images, or ideas, for ribbons, please don't hesitate to add them to this thread.

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One of the most asked about ribbons:

 

The Unofficial World War I Victory Ribbon:

 

 

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These are variants of the Unofficial WWI Victory Ribbon. This is one of the ribbons that I've seen asked to be identified the most. It's the ribbon to the right of the WWI Victory ribbon in the pictures.

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Pershing Rifles ribbon bars also come up for identification every once in a while. Some of these ribbon bars are also used by several National Guard units, but these come up every once in a while. Pershing Rifles ribbons don't really stray from the red, white, and blue color scheme, with the exception of a couple of purple colored ribbon bars.

 

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Please keep in mind I am not taking any credit for the images posted. These are pictures that I've pulled off the internet.

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Good topic! it is also interesting how often they are place in the wrong order/position on the uniform when they are used.

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This is the WWII China Occupation Ribbon. This one pops up every once in a while as well.

 

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A member here posted a Kwik-set Viking version of this ribbon here and it had "China Liberation Ribbon" printed on the back. I believe both are correct but it was great seeing what a period ribbon producer called this obscure ribbon.

 

Leonardo

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carbinephalen

I've been asked about this one before....definitely not as hard to ID as some of the ribbons that you have posted, but still slightly uncommon.

 

The reason it is uncommon is that I have seen these on several WWII (NOT WWI) Uniforms and the soldier in question was no where near old enough to be a WWI vet.

 

I think what the consensus was, if they served on occupation duty after WWII, they just threw this ribbon on their rack because the WWII Army of Occupation medal hadn't yet been adopted. If I am wrong, somebody please correct me on this

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Also, just to add it as a reference, Wikipedia has a list of current and obsolete medals and decorations as well as State, National Guard, etc...These include photos of the ribbons:

 

Current & Obsolete:

 

http://en.wikipedia....States_military

 

National Guard:

 

http://en.wikipedia...._National_Guard

 

State Defense:

 

http://en.wikipedia...._defense_forces

 

Foreign Decorations Authorized for wear by US personnel:

 

http://en.wikipedia....States_military

 

International Decorations Authorized for wear by US personnel:

 

http://en.wikipedia....the_US_military

 

Government Civilian Awards:

 

http://en.wikipedia....ates_government

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carbinephalen posted a good ribbon that many people ask to be identified. It's also important to remember there were a couple of versions of this ribbon. The early version of this ribbon had a wavy break between the red and blue lines. The later version of the ribbon had a straight line separating the red and the blue.

 

WWI Occupation Ribbon:

 

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It would also be helpful if anybody wanted to post any of the tips and tricks they use in order to identify ribbons. As a general rule, Army JROTC and Marine Corps JROTC ribbons use dull colors, and are not as colorful as other sets of ribbons. They use browns, pale yellows, oranges, pale greens, purple, and gray. The Air Force JROTC and Navy JROTC use more colorful sets of ribbons than their Army and Air Force counterparts.

 

Here's the Army JROTC chart:

 

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These also pop up every once in a while. These are ROTC Superior Cadet ribbons. The predominantly red one is the Senior ROTC ribbon, and the predominantly blue one is the Junior ROTC ribbon.

 

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This one is also a superior cadet ribbon, but this one is awarded specifically at military schools:

 

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Here's the NC-4 Ribbon. The NC-4 medal was authorized to commemorate the 1919 trans-Atlantic crossing by the members of the NC-4 mission. This ribbon is sometimes confused with the Inter American Defense Board ribbon.

 

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Ok, this is the last one I'll post for now. This one is actually a group of ribbons that pop up every once in a while on pre-WWII ribbon bars. They're Nicaraguan ribbons. The solid blue one is the one that pops up more often. It's the Nicaraguan Medal of Merit ribbon. The white, light blue, and red one is the Nicaragua Cross of Valor. Both of these awards were awarded to General Chesty Puller.

 

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This is from a 1942 Insignia and Decoration Book.

 

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Soldier's Medal

American Service

Distinguished Flying Cross

Purple Heart

Distinguished Service Medal

Cuban Occupation

Spanish War Service

Spanish Campaign

Indian Campaign

China Campaign

Phillippine (Congressional)

Phillippine Campaign

Puerto Rican Campaign

Victory (World War)

Mexican Border Service

Mexican Service

Cuban Pacification

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