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Hi!

Seen a lot of different occupation medals and ribbons over the years -- the plastic and glass, theater made ribbons and such that comes from an occupied country. here are some of mine...please post yours.

 

Germany/ Army Japan/Navy

Navy USMC

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Plastic coated Occ. ribbon w/ Japan bar on it, and KW ribbons,

as well as a PH / BS / GCM where the guy was awarded his Occ. medal after those and had to mount it above.

 

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Hi!

Seen a lot of different occupation medals and ribbons over the years -- the plastic and glass, theater made ribbons and such that comes from an occupied country. here are some of mine...please post yours.

 

Germany/ Army Japan/Navy

Navy USMC

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I'm curious about the history of the Navy Occupation Medal you show with the Japan clasp. The Army used Germany and Japan clasps. The Navy clasps not only stated Europe and Asia instead, but were of a different design with knots around them like the Wake Island clasp for the Expeditionary Medals.

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I'm curious about the history of the Navy Occupation Medal you show with the Japan clasp. The Army used Germany and Japan clasps. The Navy clasps not only stated Europe and Asia instead, but were of a different design with knots around them like the Wake Island clasp for the Expeditionary Medals.

 

The history of this piece, as far back as I can recall is this: I saw it on a table an antique show, handed the dealer a $5 for it, and took it home. Some years later, I took a picture of it and put it up on here. Other than that, I don't know anything else about it.


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I'm curious about the history of the Navy Occupation Medal you show with the Japan clasp. The Army used Germany and Japan clasps. The Navy clasps not only stated Europe and Asia instead, but were of a different design with knots around them like the Wake Island clasp for the Expeditionary Medals.

 

 

Here is the clasp you are talking about. This medal belongs to my wife's grandfather (USNR) When I received it from my mother-in-law, the clasp was on the upper portion of the ribbon drape. I took some advice from Teamski and removed the medal and put the clasp where it belongs.

Nick

 

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A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

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I know it should have a knot like that one...

What do you guys make of this one?

 

on an American Defense medal, SB, WWII

 

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...What do you guys make of this one?

The American Defense Service Medal "FOREIGN SERVICE" clasp indicates Army service outside the continental United States between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941.


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Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:


"To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,


For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Here is a mini-Army Occupation medal and a ribbon with the Airlift Device.

 

Description of the Airlift Device from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airlift_Device

 

The Airlift Device is a decoration of the United States military which is presented as an attachment to both the Army of Occupation Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal. It is awarded to those service members who performed duty in direct support of the Berlin Airlift between 1948 and 1949.

 

To be awarded the Airlift Device, a service member must have performed occupation service in Germany between 26 June 1948 and 30 September 1949. Such service must have also been performed in direct support of the Berlin Airlift for a period of ninety or more consecutive days.

 

The Airlift Device appears as a gold C-54 aircraft pin, centered of the ribbon for the Army of Occupation Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal. When worn on the full sized medal, the Airlift Device is pinned beneath all campaign clasps.

 

Those qualifying for the Airlift Device may also be entitled to the Medal for Humane Action, depending on the total days of duty performed in support of the Berlin Airlift.

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My father in law's boxed Navy Occupation medal next to the one I was award in the late 1980s in Berlin:

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Kevin

 

My book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" is available on Amazon and other booksellers World-wide: www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

 

Check out our Facebook group on the book and all things Desert Uniform related: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

 

Always looking for:

- Saudi camel tongue rank fobs - DCU Uniforms & Patches - AAFES Pogs - Parachute Rigger Badges - Berlin Brigade Items - Pershing Rifles Items - East German Para Items-



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Time to downsize! I'm selling off a large portion of my collection. Message me for the most up to date list of items.

I have American and foreign; Army, Air Force, and Navy; Span-Am War to current; mostly originals but some reproductions.

 

Always looking for numbered Purple Hearts and Silver Stars. Message me if you have any, maybe we can make a deal.

 

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Here is a boxed occupation medal with the issue ribbon and bar. Below is a theatre made ribbon bar.

 

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"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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Here is one with two bars.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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My father in law's boxed Navy Occupation medal next to the one I was award in the late 1980s in Berlin:

 

 

Did I get it right, the Occupation medal is still awarded today?

 

Lars


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Did I get it right, the Occupation medal is still awarded today?

 

Lars

 

No, the last time an Occupation Medal could be earned was in Berlin in 1990:

 

Here are the general time frames when the Occupation Medal could be earned:

 

Austria -- 09 May 1945-02 Jul 1955

Berlin -- 09 May 1945-02 Oct 1990

Germany -- 09 May 1945-02 Jul 1955

Italy -- 09 May 1945-15 Sep 1947

Japan -- 03 Sep 1945-27 Apr 1952

Korea -- 03 Sep 1945-29 Jun 1949


Kevin

 

My book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" is available on Amazon and other booksellers World-wide: www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

 

Check out our Facebook group on the book and all things Desert Uniform related: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

 

Always looking for:

- Saudi camel tongue rank fobs - DCU Uniforms & Patches - AAFES Pogs - Parachute Rigger Badges - Berlin Brigade Items - Pershing Rifles Items - East German Para Items-



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For background on the WWII Occupation Medals-

 

US Army Institute of Heraldry web page on the Army and Navy Occupation Medals: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/W...CCUPATION1.html

 

 

Naval Historical Center on the Navy Occupation Service Medal: http://www.history.navy.mil/medals/nosm.htm


Kevin

 

My book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" is available on Amazon and other booksellers World-wide: www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

 

Check out our Facebook group on the book and all things Desert Uniform related: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

 

Always looking for:

- Saudi camel tongue rank fobs - DCU Uniforms & Patches - AAFES Pogs - Parachute Rigger Badges - Berlin Brigade Items - Pershing Rifles Items - East German Para Items-



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No, the last time an Occupation Medal could be earned was in Berlin in 1990:

 

Here are the general time frames when the Occupation Medal could be earned:

 

Austria -- 09 May 1945-02 Jul 1955

Berlin -- 09 May 1945-02 Oct 1990

Germany -- 09 May 1945-02 Jul 1955

Italy -- 09 May 1945-15 Sep 1947

Japan -- 03 Sep 1945-27 Apr 1952

Korea -- 03 Sep 1945-29 Jun 1949

 

Thank you very much, Kevin!


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Some pics of my occupation ribbons:

one standard post WW2

one on green Army cloth

one on USAF blue cloth

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Here is the clasp you are talking about. This medal belongs to my wife's grandfather (USNR) When I received it from my mother-in-law, the clasp was on the upper portion of the ribbon drape. I took some advice from Teamski and removed the medal and put the clasp where it belongs.

Nick

 

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Maybe that is where it belongs and now it is "correct," but that is not where the veteran wore the clasp. Was your goal to have a generic example of the medal or an identified medal as it was owned by the veteran? I know it is each individual collector's option as to whether to alter, "correct" or "improve" an item, but to me that destroys a little bit of the provenance. I have a WW1 Victory Medal with a "MINESWEEPING" bar mounted to the upper part over the brooch. In that case, the veteran received the bar after he had already recieved the medal, so he put it where it was easiest for him to do so. Not "correct," but original.

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how common is the USMC marked medal? I haven't seen too many of them


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Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
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how common is the USMC marked medal? I haven't seen too many of them

 

Not very common, I have only seen the USMC version awarded to marines from the 5th Division

that participated in the Occupation of Japan in 1945.

 

Seagoing marines of the late 1940's & Early 1950's received the Navy version with the "EUROPE" Clasp.

 

Bill


"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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