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    I am trying to identify the ribbon on the bottom right. One member believed it to be a WWI substitution the vet bought. I need to re verify what the ribbon represents as the ribbon was "issued", not purchased.
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    The last ribbon is that of the "Army of Occupation of Germany Medal", often referred to as the "World War I Occupation Medal". It was created in November 1941, but not issued for several years. It was awarded for service in Germany or Austria between 12 November 1918 and 11 July 1923. (https://www.omsa.org/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=2779)

    In 1946, the Army created the "Army of Occupation Medal" (https://www.omsa.org/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=2543), awarded for service with the "Army of Occupation of Germany" (and other occupation forces in Italy, japan and Korea).

    If the ribbon was issued, it was issued in error — unless the veteran had earlier service in Germany or Austria between the end of WWI and 1923. If you served in the "Army of Occupation of Germany" in 1945-1955, you did not earn the "Army of Occupation of Germany" Medal, but instead merited the "Army of Occupation Medal". You can see where confusion between the two awards could easily arise. A supply or personnel clerk issuing the ribbons to hundreds of GIs was probably not going to understand the difference in the awards, as both were relatively new at the time. This was a relatively common mistake at the time.

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