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Hello and thank you in advance for the help...a 4th Marine Division marine that participated in the Saipan and Iwo Campaigns would have been authorized to wear two stars on their PUC ribbon correct?

Thank you,

Pat

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Yes


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.... would have been authorized to wear two stars on their PUC ribbon correct?

Thank you,

Pat

NO, the ribbon represents the first award, and a single star representing the second.


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Actually according to both my 4th MarDiv Iwo/Saipan uniforms paperwork, the Saipan PUC was awarded with a Blue star, Iwo would constitute the second star.

 

The PUC should have two stars.

 

LF


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I'm sorry to rehash an issue. But according to the few things I have seen, the first award is just the pic ribbon, subsequent awards are stars. That's consistent with award practices of other medals. Can an expert please confirm?

 

Thanks.


Always looking for boxed or named pre WWII campaign medals, boxed navy medals and a DSC lapel pin.

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Have seen them both ways.

 

Kurt


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During the war, weren't they awarded with a star (blue early on) to denote actual participation in the action for which it was awarded and later or post war it became to denote the second award? That is what I recall reading or finding somewhere.


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TLeo may be right. It may have been done that way in some instances. I have a first award presentation letter that came in the service file saying "forwarded with a star".

 

I found this

http://www.amervets.com/replacement/puc.htm#isr

 

According to that

"NAVY/MARINE/COAST GUARD: Additional awards of the Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by Bronze and silver stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. Subsequent award of the Presidential Unit Citation are currently denoted by bronze stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter; a silver star three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter is worn in lieu of five bronze stars.

 

-- Blue stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter (now obsolete) were initially used to denote second and subsequent awards"

 

Thanks to all.


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