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Subject:  Re: Need your advice Date:  10/4/2012  3:00 PM
Author:  Jacketfan Number:  37320 of 38275

His widow, who knows even less than I do about military medals, wants to mention his Joint Service Commendation Medal in the obituary. It seems odd to me to just single out that one. Or maybe it's the extra special one? What do you think?

If he was enlisted, that is likely to be one of his highest on the chart of decorations' relative merit. Especially since he served in a time when medals weren't given out just for doing your job...every single time you do it.

That being said, does his wife have a reason for singling that one out? Maybe he talked about it? Anyway, you could use the phrase "his military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and..." here I would probably put his campaign ribbons.

There is a big color chart available online if you want to see where they all fit (wikipedia seems to be accurate to me... Only thing I don't like is the term "obsolete" that they use for older medals.

Here is a site specific to the Navy, though in my brief run through it I didn't find it particularly user friendly.

Maybe more information that you wanted.

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