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Each year I visit the local cemetery on Memorial day. Doesn’t take but 10-15 minutes. I put usually a small note of thanks or sometimes a flower out of my garden on the grave of a fallen hero. The hero I have visited for the last 4-5 years is an Army Bronze Star hero from Iraq. I don’t spend a lot of money, but I take my children with me. I want them to know that beyond a shadow of a doubt someone died for their freedom. I don’t really know if the fallen hero knows that I’m there? I hope that in some small way when their family visits the grave site that they will be comforted by the fact that we appreciate their personal loss.
Scott – Medals of America
Does the Government make mistakes on DD214 entries?
I reviewed a DD214 issued to a retired Army Colonel (O-6) two years ago.
The entry on the DD214 was for—KOREA SERVICE MEDAL – for service in Korea during the Korea War.
The Colonel had recently retired and never reviewed his DD214 for accuracy. Well, the Korean Service Medal criteria is:
Korean Service Medal
Service: All Services Instituted: 1950
Criteria: Participation in military operations within the Korean area during 1950-54.
The retired Colonel was NEVER involved in the Korea War. But he did serve in Korea in 1989. This means he is entitled to the Korea DEFENSE Service Medal and NOT the Korea Service Medal.
Criteria for the Korea Defense Service Medal is:
Korean Defense Service Medal
Service: All Services Instituted: 2003
Criteria: For service in the Republic of Korea or adjacent
waters for a qualifying period of time after 28 July 1954.
The annual Veterans Day service at Abbot Hall in Marblehead proved to be an emotional day for those attending, and particularly for those participating.
This year’s program was different from previous years’; town officials decided to honor WWII veterans with a commemorative coin. Surviving veterans or spouses of those deceased stood individually before a packed meeting hall to receive a very warm applause from appreciative residents as they accepted Marblehead’s token of gratitude. The coin was really just a small memento; the real idea was to give a heartfelt thanks to the “greatest generation” that ever lived.
Medals of America was recently mentioned in a national news story. Read the full article from Fox News below.
SALT LAKE CITY – More than six decades after being freed from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, a Utah veteran was compelled to relive the horrors and triumphs of his World War II experience this month when he received a mysterious package containing seven military medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star.
The medals have become a source of pride for retired Army Capt. Tom Harrison, 93, since they arrived in a box with nothing more than a packing slip from a logistics center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4, which happened to be his 65th wedding anniversary. But they have also refreshed painful memories of the Bataan Death March, POW camps and the comrades he lost during the war or in the years since.
As far back as I can remember I always knew I was going to become a soldier. Why I was so certain I would become a soldier even before entering grade school remains a mystery to even me. All I know is what I wanted to be and nothing was going to change that. As I grew up in life I was asked many times throughout my childhood, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” and the answer always remained the same, simple and short, straight to the point “A Soldier”.