Orders & Medals Society of America Forums American Medal Collecting Federal Medals So-called "Congo medal" (not for actual Congo)

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    Reading Wlater F. Murphy’s novel VICAR OF CHRIST (1979), the first section of which concerns Korean War combat by the US Marine Corps, I noted frequent references to an award called in Marine slang the "Congo medal." For example, one Marine says something like: if we get through this (a dangerous combat maneuver) there will be Congo medals for everyone. Although the context suggests the Bronze Star, the Congo medal is never identified. Does anyone know what is meant? And why was this award called that by Marines?

    Reply here or off list at dfp18@columbia.edu. Thanks

    David Phillips
    OMSA 6786

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