Skip to comments.(vanity) Plz help identify these (Army?) military ribbons
Posted on 11/09/2014 8:57:44 AM PST by martin_fierro
My wife's family is trying to identify these military medals that belonged either to my father-in-law (post-WWII army) or to his brother-in-law (WWII Navy).
We've searched a couple of websites and have identified a bunch of other patches/medals exept for these:
and related bar pin?
And how about this one?
I think the top one is a WWII service medal. Issued to those on active duty in WWII (1941-1946)
Top one is World War II American Campaign Medal, lower is WWII Philippine Liberation Medal.
Actually, I see the first one but not the second.
Gosh....that took me five minutes. You beat me to it.
The second is a Navy medal, thats what got me flumuxed.
Yup. . .though it is also listed as Army: http://www.medalsofamerica.com/Item—i-M080_Header
(Maybe my old eyes are seeing it wrong. . .)
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
I hope you are aware, John SKerry served in Vietnam ! ;)
About the Philippine Liberation Medal and ribbon:
The Philippine Liberation Medal is a military award of the Republic of the Philippines which was created by an order of Commonwealth Army of the Philippines Headquarters on December 20, 1944. The award was presented to any service member, of both Philippine Commonwealth and allied militaries, who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates of October 7, 1944 and September 2, 1945.
The Philippine Liberation Medal is intended to recognize military service in the last days of World War II when the military of Japan was driven from the Philippines and then to eventually surrender in September 1945. To be awarded the medal, a service member must have served in the Philippines for at least thirty days during the eligible time period, or must have participated in one of the following actions:
1. Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte and adjoining islands from October 7 to October 20, 1944.
2. Participation in any engagement against hostile Japanese forces during the Philippine Liberation Campaign of October 17, 1944 to September 2, 1945
Personnel who are awarded the medal for participation in the above mentioned operations are authorized a service star to the Philippine Liberation Medal. Personnel who earned the medal for general service during the eligible time period are awarded the medal without device.
Members of the United States Armed Forces entitled to the Philippine Liberation Medal were usually also eligible to receive the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, often with a service star, for participation in the freeing of the Philippines.
Your father or brother-in-law probably were awarded (minimum):
1. American Campaign Medal.
2. Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with campaign star(s)
3. World War 2 Victory Medal.
4. WW2 Occupation Medal (if he remained overseas after 2 September 1945 until he was finally returned home for discharge in 1946. If he came home in 1945 or was process to come home after VJ-Day but arrived in late 1945 or early 1946. he didn't get this medal.)
5. Philippine Liberation Medal with campaign star. He was fighting in the Philippines from 7 October 1944 to 2 September 1945.
Yup. I think I recall him saying that once...or twice. ;-)
Wait. . .what. . .you mean J F Kerry served in Vietnam?
I never knew. . .
Once or twice ? I thought it was a thousand times ;) Thanks for your reply !
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