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    Korea, # 19, Some posts about medals were laughable to me, with '39-'45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star+clasp, Burma Star etc., I have a heavy to port list when tagging poppies in November.

    # 18, Served my Nat Service '46 - '48 in Royal Artillery, 40mm A.A in Wales. Because of DEMS gunnery training in '43 was by then a 'Hot Shot'.

    # 17, True, U.S. Military, including their 'Merchant Marine' awarded medal for 1 yes, (one) Atlantic crossing.

    In fairness, suffered many losses off the U.S. east coast during the 'Happy' days for uboats in '42.

    Less We Forget

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric fisher View Post
    # 17, True, U.S. Military, including their 'Merchant Marine' awarded medal for 1 yes, (one) Atlantic crossing.

    In fairness, suffered many losses off the U.S. east coast during the 'Happy' days for uboats in '42.

    Less We Forget
    Eric we will never forget the sacrifices made by the U S Merchant Marine, they were victims of their own Govts complacency about blackouts on the East Coast, as well as their anti British Admiral King who would not, until late in the war, institute a convoy system because in WWI it had been a British initiative, it certainly was a second happy time for U-Boats.

    I don't decry anyone who earned a ribbon/medal when serving in a war zone, no matter what service or mercantile marine they served in, but having talked to some US Servicemen in the UK and asking what they had, and they are wearing ribbons for being stationed abroad in the UK or Germany certainly is not my idea of an award to be worn alongside those earned in war zones.

    I am also a great believer in only those who earned the medals should be allowed to wear them, the wives/sweethearts/children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews etc etc should not be allowed to wear them, they did not earn them.

    I wear only my own, though under current rules could wear my father's, but I didn't earn them, he did, I never went through his hardships or experiences, so why should I wear them. Just my personal opinion.

    Eric as always, thank you for your service, it is, and always will be appreciated
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    Hi Eric.
    Post#19. Sorry if I put it in a clumsy way, was only pointing out why a bloke serving in Japan wouldn't be entitled to a Korean medal , my apologize if I upset you in any way. My late brother served in the MN during the 2nd world war so there is no way i would disrespect his memory.
    Cheers Des

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    Not at all Des, no need to apologize and not clumsy. My awards were only because of being in the particular theatre at that time. You have good reason to respect your brother, always be proud of him. I also met many veterans of most campaigns, some were phony, many were not.

    You, myself and other 'older' seafarers on site are too salty to be upset by innocent chats. Look forward to your posts and always glad to reply to most things M.N. and Army during my cavalier years. Cheers, Eric

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    Dear Harry,
    I enjoyed your poem, finding its free verse thoughtfully expressed.

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