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There was a topic a ways back with a uniform of an officer who had 2 occupation ribbons, and each one was facing a different direction. Is there a difference for the different services?

 

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It faces only one direction.

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There was a topic a ways back with a uniform of an officer who had 2 occupation ribbons, and each one was facing a different direction. Is there a difference for the different services?

 

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Although there is only one officially authorized direction to wear the ribbon, I believe that right after WWII some soldiers started reversing the order of the ribbon depending on which country they were serving in. So if earned in Europe, the ribbon was worn one way and for Japan the other way. I think some men even reversed the medal itself if they served in Japan so that what is technically the back of the medal depicting Mount Fuji was worn as the front of the medal.

 

I don't believe that there was any device or other way of recognizing that a soldier served on occupation duty in more than one of the occupied countries although it certainly happened and some soldiers actually wore the "Japan" or "Germany" clasp, authorized only for the medal, on the ribbon too. Post #4 under the following topic shows an example of this: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=32359

 

Maybe some soldiers wore two ribbons, each facing a different direction, to depict this, but that would not have been authorized either.

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Here's an embroidered ribbon set with two Occupations ribbons. The black/white to the viewer's left represents German occupation, and the red/white to the viewer's left represents Japanese occupation.

 

 

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It was a definate unofficial thing.. The ribbon was designed to be worn showing black(Germany) as surrendering first, then red for Japan. As stated, many wore it reversed to show where they served. This was one of those things like 2 sets of collar discs, officer material OS hats with enlisted piping, and reversal of campaign ribbons to make the center section be red/white/blue..

 

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