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Old 12-15-2012, 07:24 AM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by Poncho_NM View Post
Bet you don't have the Cojones to say that face to face with U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Robert A. Busto. He was
presented the Bronze Star Medal with Combat 'V' for heroic actions. He conducted more than 70 combat mounted patrols and 13
direct fire enemy engagements... He doesn't look too Halloween to me....
I don't think you understood my post.

I don't think I've seen too much of it in the USMC but in the Army, on our last deployment, if you were E7 or above, you were automatic for a BSM unless you were relieved of that position before the awards were submitted.

Had one PL try to submit himself for a Purple Heart.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:52 AM
Location: Southeast
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Marines today are only "guaranteed" one medal, the NDSM (even that will go away soon). Not every unit rates a GWOTSM, and the Good Conduct medal is up to the individual after 3 years without getting in trouble. So, a Marine today could end their 4 year enlistment with only 2 medals if they do not deploy anywhere.

On the flip side, Marines who go to Okinawa as their first duty station can rate several awards without deploying.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:40 PM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Originally Posted by stillkit View Post

And, there's the additional benefit of making civilian's who don't know any better swoon. If you're old enough to remember LTC Oliver North's appearance before the Congressional Joint Committee investigating the Iran-Contra affairs, you'll recall that North appeared in full uniform and just about caused most of the members of that panel to kiss his azz in public. They were overwhelmed by his sparkling bling. Sen. Daniel Inouye wasn't impressed and said so publicly. In fact, to make his point, he began wearing the lapel pin to his own Congressional Medal of Honor.............
This statement is very interesting in that Sen. Inouye did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor until 2000 after a Clinton Administration review of military records of the 442nd Infantry Division. North tesified about Iran-Contra in the late 1980's, prior to Inouye's award.
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