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Date Posted: Thu, January 19 2006, 17:02:45
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-4.131.210.210.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 4.131.210.210
Subject: Correction and Additional
In reply to: Jeff Northridge 's message, "Re: VIETNAM SERVICE MEDALS" on Wed, January 11 2006, 20:23:05

Although the Purple Heart was established by GEN George Washington in 1782, it was only known to have been awarded to three sergeants. The award fell dormant until 1932 when GEN Douglas McArther resurrected it. On the back of the PH, it says, "For Military Merit", but today it is only awarded for wounds received in action against an armed hostile force which includes wounds that result in death.

The Medal of Honor was established in 1861. Originally, the MOH could be awarded to both military and civilians alike until 1917 when Congress passed a law which restricted the award to only military personnel, defined the requirements for its award more stringently, and rescinded the MOH's of 911 individuals who had received it previously including that of Dr. Mary E. Walker. Her MOH was restored (posthumously) by Pres. Jimmy Carter in June, 1977. Dr. Walker is the only female recipient of the MOH thus far. There is one Coast Guardsman who received the MOH, but that was during WW II. He received the Navy version of the medal.

"Doc" Bunner is correct. There is no special badge of recognition for Marine Corps infantryman who have served in combat nor for Navy corpsmen who have served alongside them. The Marine Corps has no internal medical personnel and depends on the Navy for that. I don't why the Marines and Navy don't follow the Army's example in this matter, but it should be addressed.

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