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A Study of Ribbon Bars and Their Charm

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I have been trying to update my website with content relevant to collectors and not just with material from my collection. This weekend I compiled some ribbon bars and covered a bit about varieties and use. While I try to focus on only attributed items, I still pick up ribbon bars on their own and I always consider why it's a piece of collecting that I am always drawn to. I think this could easily be a long and detailed piece, but I tried to keep it trim. Because of that, though a second part is already brewing.

 

https://www.rcmcollection.com/featured-ribbons

 

Hopefully this is informative and interesting. I am always happy to make changes per any suggestions!

 

Thanks,

Rob


Exhausting & Dirty Work



Interested in buying identified or re-searchable Korean War uniforms, groupings, medals and more.

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Rob,

 

Great site with many interesting aspects to it.

 

You have some great uniforms and Korean War bring backs are super rare.

 

Really enjoyed it and thank you for doing it,

 

Peter


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Hey Rob,

Very well done, and thanks for sharing! Also reminded me to browse your site again. Really love your tributes you've put together, and the site flows so nicely.


Eric

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Nice work Rob!

 

This is such a vast area of US Medal collecting.

 

No let's see a Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard page.


Rocco C. DeCamillo

 

Currently Seeking:

WWII US Typhus Commission Medal Titled case or a sett

WWI era Navy Cross

WWII Presidential Medal for Merit titled case

Early button type Navy Cross & Army DSM Rosette lapel button

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Thank you all for the compliments and feedback. Rocco - that might be a part 3! A few things kept me from including more Navy/USMC/USCG - mostly I just do not have many with original ribbons. I have had to restore many of the USMC coats and Navy jumpers I have and the Navy men are either officers with direct sewn ribbons or only the two corpsmen I featured - and I have NO USCG! So it may be a case of showcasing some unattributed stuff and have that flow more with what I plan for Part 2 with construction, patent drawings, etc.

 

Thanks,

Rob


Exhausting & Dirty Work



Interested in buying identified or re-searchable Korean War uniforms, groupings, medals and more.

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Rob,

Came back to this after scrolling through the site between work projects....I love it and echo the others' sentments. The work is great, and hits it right on the head. ALthough for me some of the charm is intangible. Maybe it's just visual or at times, it just allows me to see the person (in pictures or real life) and compare the look, build, personality with the record on their chest. I had a colleague when I was in CGSC at Ft. Leavenworth; my year group but hadn't seen in many years. His rack was over the top. DMSM, MSM, BSM etc the list goes on. After we were LTs he went on to an amazing career so when we met at school, he was wearing it. I served with another person, former AF special ops type, who had nothing from his enlisted time but the basics...turns out he was in some operations that were not unclassified at the time so his decorations were not worn (so the story goes). Anyway, round about way to say what you said...the research tells stories that go well beyond the ribbons, and that is the charm to me.

AND, I'm like a kid or my dog....the colors and combinations visually stimulate my senses and I'm a visual guy, so just seeing them gets me excited to find out more...


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I'm a bit of a ribbon reader. What story is it telling. When I come across anyone in uniform, I do a quick scan. At a graduation ceremony years ago my daughter's friend got a scholarship to the Coasty Academy. Two uniforms were there to present it. One was wearing ARCOM, AM, BSL etc not a typical USCG rack set up. Turned out he was a former Army warrant with service from my old division (101st) in Iraq. We had a good chat.


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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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Great collection.

 

I love collecting ribbon bars. That is how I first started collecting US stuff outside of family unit stuff. I always like the US ribbon bars with foreign awards on them. I have a few, but I would like to eventually find a USAAF bar with a British DFC; have yet to score one of those. A second one that I wanted was a USMC bar or bars with European awards on it from WWII.

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Neat website!! Good work. Thought you'd appreciate this. Ribbon bar sample boards are tough to find, especially a WWII dated one!!

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Thanks all for the comments and revival! It's probably good time lately to do another article. The 1944 dated board is really nice and helps out a lot with storytelling as we can see what was available, the order of precedence, and so on.

 

Rob


Exhausting & Dirty Work



Interested in buying identified or re-searchable Korean War uniforms, groupings, medals and more.

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What is the white ribbon 2nd row down 4th from the right?

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What is the white ribbon 2nd row down 4th from the right?

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silver life saving ribbon, but faded?


Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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