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On the Subject of History Fading

Subdeacon Joe

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A discussion on another forum got me looking up US Military Medals. Seems that WWI medals, WWII medals, even some of the Korean medals are now obsolete.


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Obsolete military awards of the United States are United States military awards
which have been officially removed from U.S. military award precedence
charts and are listed as "Obsolete Military Decorations" in military
award publications and instructions.

Typically, the U.S. military will declare a decoration obsolete
twenty to thirty years after its last issuance to an active duty member
of the military or, in the case of medals designed for members of the
reserve forces, a drilling reservist attending annual training. Medals
for valor (such as the Medal of Honor and Silver Star)
are rarely declared obsolete regardless of the amount of time which has
passed since the last issuance. This is since such medals could be
reinstated, on very short notice, in the event of an armed conflict in
which the United States armed forces would be called to service.

Although United States service medals of the World Wars
have also been declared obsolete by the U.S. military, many may still
be found in various charts, publications, and instructions. This is
since a large number of veterans still display such medals as retirement awards or through functions and ceremonies with various veteran groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

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The Honorable Service Lapel Button sometimes called the Honorable Service Lapel Pin was awarded to United States military service members who were discharged under honorable conditions during World War II.[1] The award was sometimes slangily called the Ruptured duck.[2] Sculptor Anthony de Francisci designed the award.

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Yeah I know what it is. Here's my Dad's lapel pin. I just didn't know BMC was that old.


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I got it from my Dad. I think they were really glad to get rid of me when I processed out. I got a good conduct medal also, but

the dismissing officer had a smirk on his face when he gave it to me. :D

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