"It was a lot harder in the Marines to get them, and therefore a lot more valuable."I served with the Marines in Kuwait, and they had to justify, person by person (not just unit, as happened to those asleep in their racks on Navy ships that hit mines) who was to receive the Combat Action Ribbon. (In a previous post, that was the one that I would chose to keep if I only got to keep one)Many of the Marines who served with me treasured their Ranger tabs, Pathfinder pins and other qualifications more highly than any awards, even though they could not wear them on their uniforms. I know I am fond of my Navy Marine Parachutist device, since it sets me apart from my shipmates, even though it wasn't the greatest career move.With respect to the award not made, I have always though that junior enlisted get short shrift in the higher level medal area. The two Marines who held the rooftop in Khafji in Desert Storm were shortchanged, in my opinion. Regarding Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, I have 4 awards, for deployments that total to 37 months. As a Surface Warfare Officer, my job is to deploy at sea, so I see little need for Officers to get this particular award.TomKaigun Chusa
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