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Two brothers, Michael and Mauro Mazzariello found several military medals in a local collectibles shop, and began a search for the veteran that they had originally been awarded. After some time, their search led them to Charles George, a young soldier who sacrificed himself to save the other men in his platoon. In 1952 during the Korean War, Charles George was killed in action when dived on a live grenade to absorb the damage and save his fellow soldiers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice along with several other medals. Michael and Mauro Mazzariello found George’s Purple Heart Medal, his Bronze Star and GCM in an antique shop. The owner gave the medals to the two boys after they promised to track down the original owner and return them.
Often those who have sacrificed much and more for our freedom and country are forgotten. It is sad and unfair that appreciation for our veterans is not shown enough, but companies like Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are out fighting for the rights and honors of our veterans. Recently, VFW offered considerable aid to a veteran who had been wounded in combat several times. VFW helped Michael Burns through financial means to secure his and his family’s futures.
Michael Burns was injured several times over multiple tours of duty in Iraq. He demonstrated incredible bravery and dedication as he returned to action each time, once only a month after injuries. It is this kind of hero that a nation can respect and be grateful for. However Michael Burns returned to the United States after his services to discover that he was not able to work in most jobs due to his injuries. In a time of severe financial struggle, the VFW’s Unmet Needs program offered their aid after Michael’s case had been presented.
Recently the Secretary of Defense announced the authorization of a new United States military medal. The Distinguished Warfare Medal is now among the ranks of every other prestigious award that has ever been offered to the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The medal is dedicated to recognizing military efforts that surpass the requirements of the Bronze Star medal. It is also specific to only those who have served since September 11th 2001.
Below is a transcript of the official announcement. You can also download the PDF version here.
SUBJECT: Distinguished Warfare Medal
It gives me great pleasure to announce the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medals (DWM). The DWM provides distinct Department of Defense (DOD)-wide recognition for extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, directly impacting combat operations or other military operations, such as operations authorized by a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Execute Order, as approved by me.
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.