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10 Things You May Not Know About The Vietnam Service Medal

10 Things You May Not Know About The Vietnam Service Medal

10 Things You May Not Know About The Vietnam Service Medal.
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Do You Know What the Oldest U.S. Service Medal Is?

Do You Know What the Oldest U.S. Service Medal Is?

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The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) was established by President Eisenhower per Executive Order 10448, dated 22 April 1953. The medal was first intended to be a "blanket campaign medal" awarded to service members who served honorably.

However, this is not the case. The National Defense Service Medal is designated for a time period of which the Secretary of Defense had declared a “national emergency” during a time of war or conflict.

The National Defense Service Medal is authorized for the following time periods:

Korean War – June 27, 1950 – July 27, 1954

Vietnam war January 1, 1961 - August 14, 1974

Persian Gulf War - August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995

Global War on Terror (Afghanistan & Iraq Campaigns) - September 11, 2001 - Present day

The National Defense Service Medal is the oldest “service medal” used by the United States Armed Forces.

The National Defense Service Medal designs were created by Mr. T. H. Jones and were submitted on 26 May 1953. The Department of Defense and representatives of all services met on 27 May 1953 and 3 June 1953 selecting the design for final approval.

The front of the medal shows the American bald eagle, our National emblem; sitting a top a combination of oak and palm leaves which signifies strength and preparedness. Above this is the inscription “National Defense”.

On the back of the medal is a shield from the Coat of Arms of the United States, and which symbolizes the defense of the United States. Half encircled with an open wreath, the right side in oak leaves and left side in laurel leaves.

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In our opinion, the National Defense Service Medal is the most recognizable service medal. The ribbon is colored red, white, blue and yellow. The NDSM ribbon can be seen on bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, lapel pins and now pocket squares. See our version here.

The National Defense Service Medal is number eleven out of twenty-nine in the order of precedence and is related to the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. The next lower medal is the Korean Service Medal. The next higher would be the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Army Occupation Service Medal and the Medal for Humane Action.

If you have served during four authorized periods this is denoted by the addition of three bronze stars added to the ribbons face. The use of a silver star is authorized representing a sixth award and you are a badass.

It is said that in practice some military clerks will not add the National Defense Service Medal to the DD-214. If this is so, eligible veterans may apply to the military service departments to have it added to their records by filing a DD Form 215. Follow link here to file. 

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What Do You Know About the Most Famous Law Enforcement Icon?

What Do You Know About the Most Famous Law Enforcement Icon?

The Thin Blue Line – Law Enforcement

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Maybe you have seen it "the thin blue line" which can be seen all over if you look closely.

Some put blue line bumper stickers on their cars in an attempt to avoid being stopped by Police; others display the blue line to represent their current public service and/or as tribute. The thin blue line can also be seen as flags, on coffee mugs, t-shirts, key chains, lapel pins and on pocket squares (see our version here). 

But what do you really know about the most famous law enforcement icon?

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, started in the United Kingdom but now popular in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers. It also serves to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of civilians from criminal elements.

The graphic is rather simple in design but it is the meaning and the emotion it invokes that makes the thin blue line so special. Pictured below is the blue line laser beam at the National Law-Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. 


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The blue centerline represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public and the bottom black line bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals against civilians.

The popularity of the thin blue line symbol for law-enforcement has came several other “thin lines”.

What other "thin lines" have you heard of? Comment below.

Many civilians use of the symbol as an identifier intended to show support for police.


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So, when your out-and-about in your life and you see these icons don’t forget to take a moment, reflect and thank your law enforcement officers for their sacrifices.

"Our nation's military and law enforcement personal work hard to protect us. We must thank them for their continued vigilance. Without their sacrifice we would less capable of protecting our nation". 

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