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    john f.

    I watched the 1952 film "Stars and Stripes Forever" on Turner Classic Movies a few weeks ago. It was a  biographical film about the late-19th / early 20th-century composer John Philip Sousa who was well known for his American military and patriotic marches. He is known as " American March King" because of his mastery of composing marches. Among his best-known marches are "The Liberty Bell", "The Thunderer", "The Washington Post", "Semper Fidelis" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever". Sousa served in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1868 to 1875 as an apprentice musician, and then as the head of the Marine Band from 1880 to 1892; he was a Sergeant Major for most of his second period in the Marine Corps and left the Corps as a Warrant Officer. In 1917, shortly after the United States entered WWI, Sousa received a direct commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was the officer in charge of the Navy Band at the Great Lakes Naval Station, IL. During his tenure in the service he received many awards (most appear non-military) and I was wondering if anyone can identify the awards he is wearing?

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