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Good Conduct Medal Question
Last Post 13 Mar 2020 07:11 AM by sardaddy. 2 Replies.
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12 Mar 2020 08:32 AM
    I’m looking at a good conduct medal as I organize my military memorabilia. There’s been occasions in retirement to wear ribbon bars (my grandson’s KIA funeral) as well as almost weekly internments of unclaimed cremains of veterans. There have been occasion in retirements well of where miniature medals (black tie events). One miniature medal event occurs annually.

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems medals should recognize achievement, service, or heroism. Issuing a good conduct medal for meeting expectations requires further contemplation. How does one answer when a grandchild or a civilian that points to a good conduct medal and asks what is that one for?

    Several ribbons were authorized during my years of service via Commandant Notices, that were not specifically documented on my discharge or on my retirement records. National Archives reports that they have not received my records from the Coast Guard after 18 years.

    1) Does one mount these ribbons based on a Commandant Notice if they are not specifically documented in a service member’s record?

    2) What say you retirees? Would you include the GCM on your ribbon bars or miniature medal mounts?

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    12 Mar 2020 08:38 AM
    Sorry for the awkward phrasing in the third sentence of the first paragraph. I don't see a feature that permits me to edit for clarification.

    That sentence should properly read, "There have been occasion in retirement where miniature medals (black tie events) are encouraged."
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    13 Mar 2020 07:11 AM
    Why wouldn't you wear a GCM if you earned it? It holds no less value than an NDSM or any unit award received for just doing your job. Napoleon said: "A soldier will work long and hard for a piece of colored ribbon." Look really hard at your medals and awards and pick out which ones are there because you truly went above and beyond the call of duty or what you expected to do in your job.

    I am not saying you didn't do anything to earn any of those awards. What I am saying is that you earned each award by being there every day and doing a job only a small portion of Americans ever stepped up to do. Each ribbon tells a story. Your ribbon bar tells your story. Why leave out a chapter?

    As to whether or not you wear ribbons that are not on you DD214 or not? If you have a DD214 and you have commandant notices of awards that are retroactive to a unit during a time when you served there, then wear them.
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