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  • in reply to: Unknown Ribbon #28457
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Certainly the American Campaign Medal ribbon that grew old.

    The unusual place of the WWII Victory Medal with a star on it makes these ribbon bars even more interesting.

    in reply to: New NG Awards Books on USB Drives #28456
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Hi Robin,

    How can I PM you? I can’t see any mailbox around on the website.

    in reply to: Campaign Ribbons #17520
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Try to inquire at the OMSA Ribbon Bank. They should have most of the ribbons you need.

    in reply to: Worldwide ribbons needed #17391
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Given that he was a Colonel, Chief of Staff for First Army, do you think that there would be any kind of aperturnance?

    Most likely a LoH Officer (4th class) or Knight (5th class), so the ribbon should have a rosette without a lace or be just plain.

    The Order of the British Empire was most likely that of Officer (OBE – 4th class) – that was the class usually awarded to oficers of his rank. Unfortunately the British do not use devices on ribbons to denote the class of an order.

    What regards the Greek Cross of Valor, the ribbon should be available from the OMSA ribbon bank. I know, as I requested one myself some time ago.

    I have found Gen. Myers photo (from http://theworldsmilitaryhistory.wikia.c … 798_-_1969)

    [attachment=0]Samuel_L._Myers_(LTG).jpg[/attachment]

    The ribbons I have identified:
    – Distinguished Service Medal
    – Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (?)
    – American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Mid Eastern Camp. Medal
    – American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal
    – National Defense Service Medal (?), Philippines Liberation Medal (?), French Legion of Honor – Knight (5th class) (?)
    – German Order of Merit – Commander (?), UK Order of British Empire (? class), Luxembourg Order of Oak Crown – Knight (5th class), Croix de Guerre.

    None of the ribbons looks like that of the Greek Cross of Valor or French Croix de Guerre (for WWII)

    A better quality photo would certainly help.

    Regards,
    Lukasz
    Samuel_L._Myers_(LTG).jpg

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    lukasz gaszewski
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    This is what I thought. The Bishop’s cross was famous for its very wide ribbon. The cross was estblished by Józef Gawlina, the Field Bishop of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. After the war he settled down in Rome, went on awarding it as his private decoration and continued until his death in 1964. So I think it was possible that either of your uncles received the award from him.

    lukasz gaszewski
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    It is the Cross of Merit of the Field Bishop of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. It was established in 1940 and awarded in two classes: gold and silver. This is the gold class. The silver class, similar in shape, was worn on a green ribbon with red stripes.

    Regards,
    Lukasz

    PS: would you please tell me what the width of the ribbon is?

    in reply to: OMSA miniature medal #17188
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Thank you Clyde! How can I get one?

    in reply to: Ukrainian, but what? #17160
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Megan is right. The words on the badge read "nobility of Ukraine".

    in reply to: Miniature Medal Bars #17106
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Not the original poster of these but the first medal looks to be a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

    Why Knight Commander? A Companion also comes before D.S.O.

    in reply to: Distinguished Warfare medal #16639
    lukasz gaszewski
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    OK, let me begin with saying that to me as a medal researcher and collector, just like probably to most of you, every newly established medal is welcomed. This time, however, I have serious doubts, too.

    The thing that should be remembered is that there already is a medal almost perfectly fit for the purpose of awarding UAV operators, that is the Aerial Achievement Medal and as far as I know, it has already been awarded to them. I think I can understand the intention of the Pentagon. They just wanted to create a medal for extraordinary achievement that would exceed that for which the Aerial Achievement Medal is normally granted. The intention was to make a counterpart for the Distinguished Flying Cross, just like the Aerial Achievement Medal is for the Air Medal, to be conferred wherever the latter may not be awarded. I can imagine a situation when a operator saves the life of a fellow-soldier using a UAV and being physically thousands miles away. As an act like that qualifies neither for the Silver Star, nor DFC, nor Airman’s Medal, the only qualifying award today I can think of is the Legion of Merit. Perhaps the biggest problem lies in the fact whether UAV operators are in combat zone or not (they operate remotely in combat zone, but they are physically not there). While designing the new award it was forgotten that being awarded with DFC, no matter in wartime or in peacetime in its early years, always involved the risk of recipient’s life and this condition is not fulfilled here – hence the problem.

    If the award is intended as a counterpart of DFC, perhaps the form of a cross would be more suitable than that of a medal. It is also interesting if the medal will be awarded only to USAF members or if it will be open to other services as well. If so, will it be conferred by particular services, or by the Department of Defense? If it was a DoD award, paradoxically, it should take precedence over DFC.

    And finally one small, but Interesting thing. Both the Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal have their civilian versions, whereas DFC does not. I wonder if the new medal will.

    in reply to: Republican presidential legion of merit #15918
    lukasz gaszewski
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    Interesting. I wonder how popular this medal is and if there are upper classes as well.

    Does anyone know when the medal was established and by whom it is formally awarded?

    in reply to: Cyprus – ODM #15389
    lukasz gaszewski
    Participant

    Congratulations Megan! Excellent translation :)

    in reply to: Cyprus – ODM #15383
    lukasz gaszewski
    Participant

    Megan is right, most of the medals on display are Greek.

    Rdave, thank you for the link to the Cyprus Presidency website. Did not know it at all. On the same medal page but in Greek there are some more medals:

    http://www.presidency.gov.cy/Presidency … r/prc27_gr

    Happy translating!

    in reply to: Collecting 101 suggestions #15373
    lukasz gaszewski
    Participant

    Megan Robertson – Medals of the World – http://www.medals.org.uk/ :)

    in reply to: Pershing Rifles Medals #15234
    lukasz gaszewski
    Participant

    Thanks, I will. Now, I would love to know where I could get the full-size medals from.

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