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Navy Display of Awards on Ships


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Can anyone confirm when the practice of painting campaign ribbons and unit awards on the bridge of US Navy ships began or was officially sanctioned?

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I believe officially 1947.  I would guess it started earlier, unofficially, which probably prompted this directive:

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It may have started during World War II. I found these pictures on Ancestry while researching a distant cousin of mine, Chief Fire Controlman David Demarest. The ship in question is the USS Sigsbee (DD-502), and I believe the photos were taken sometime in 1945 or 1946. It looks like they added a Purple Heart ribbon. I'm guessing it's for the ship having been "wounded" by Japanese attacks. But, who knows?

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USS Sigsbee (27 Oct 1945).png

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