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Old 05-01-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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I would add that they are stars rather than oak leaf clusters (which serve the same purpose--identifying additional awards) because the award itself is war related.

So a decoration that is not war or combat related (like a meritorious service medal) will have oak leaf clusters (bronze or silver) for additional awards while one that is war or combat related (like a Purple Heart) will have stars (bronze or silver) for additional awards.
That is simply not true. The army and air force use oak leaf clusters to denote more than one award, while the navy, marine corps and coast guard use stars. An army soldier who has been awarded two silver stars will have an oak leaf cluster device, while a marine in the same circumstances would have a star device.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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That is simply not true. The army and air force use oak leaf clusters to denote more than one award, while the navy, marine corps and coast guard use stars. An army soldier who has been awarded two silver stars will have an oak leaf cluster device, while a marine in the same circumstances would have a star device.
Well, apparently the services are different.

Which doesn't make my post "simply not true," it makes it "not always true."
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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I think it more depends on the branch of service. I received oak leaf clusters for my second and third air medals that were awarded for service in Afghanistan.
You are 100% correct.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:04 PM
 
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I did not know either I guess. Went to Wikipedia and apparently campaigns and battles use stars and actual awards use oak leaves, bronze leaf denotes one additional award,and silver denotes 5. But this varies by service......as with most military letís make it confusing.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:53 AM
 
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In Vietnam the criteria for an air medal was all over the place. It varied greatly from unit to unit
I was an Infantryman with the 1st Air Cav in VN. I received my Air Medal after making more than 25 helicopter combat air assaults.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:58 PM
 
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You probably deserved one after 5 assaults. We had a maintenance guy who went out to try to repair a downed Huey. He got an air medal for that some units awarded based on missions, some simply number of flight hours
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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You probably deserved one after 5 assaults. We had a maintenance guy who went out to try to repair a downed Huey. He got an air medal for that some units awarded based on missions, some simply number of flight hours
In Afghanistan it was awarded after completing 20 combat missions.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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You probably deserved one after 5 assaults. We had a maintenance guy who went out to try to repair a downed Huey. He got an air medal for that some units awarded based on missions, some simply number of flight hours
I think I deserved one after my first helicopter assault(12/27/66). LZ Bird was an artillery base that was attacked and over run by the NVA. We were sent in as reinforcements. The end result was 266 NVA killed, 58 KIA and 77 WIA.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:36 PM
 
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I think I deserved one after my first helicopter assault(12/27/66). LZ Bird was an artillery base that was attacked and over run by the NVA. We were sent in as reinforcements. The end result was 266 NVA killed, 58 KIA and 77 WIA.
I agree. Salute sir.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Union County NJ
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FIRST. campaigns on service ribbons are denoted with small bronze stars. each star indicates a period of combat
time be it offensive combat or defensive combat,


SECOND: yes, possible for a 17 year old marine to make sgt. in three years. Especially if he served in combat in
Korea. casualty rates were very high in Korea during the war. All you had to do was stay alive, promotions were
plentyfull .....
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