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Can someone identify some military decorations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I had to bring in my DD-214 (discharge papers) to a NOVA sheriff to prove that I had military training. While he was not exactly rude he was certainly not friendly of helpful. When he read my awards he got real friendly and real helpful and things went very smooth from there on out. As I was leaving curiosity got the best of him and he asked what did I get the Bronze Star for. I said what??? After I left I read my awards again and it says "Southwest Asia service medal w/ Bronze Star (cluster was omitted)". I had to laugh. For those who don't know a bronze star cluster shows that I was awarded the previous medal multiple times, not that I was a war hero who went above and beyond the call of duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I had to bring in my DD-214 (discharge papers) to a NOVA sheriff to prove that I had military training. While he was not exactly rude he was certainly not friendly of helpful. When he read my awards he got real friendly and real helpful and things went very smooth from there on out. As I was leaving curiosity got the best of him and he asked what did I get the Bronze Star for. I said what??? After I left I read my awards again and it says "Southwest Asia service medal w/ Bronze Star (cluster was omitted)". I had to laugh. For those who don't know a bronze star cluster shows that I was awarded the previous medal multiple times, not that I was a war hero who went above and beyond the call of duty.
    That is funny! Didn't realize I had been awared three bronze stars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    he asked what did I get the Bronze Star for.
    You should have told him that you got it for saving the local Sheriff's life while in country

    Did you explain to him what that meant, or just let him think what he wants to think?
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    The Bronze Star Medal was also awarded for meritorious service in the combat theater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paco View Post
    You should have told him that you got it for saving the local Sheriff's life while in country

    Did you explain to him what that meant, or just let him think what he wants to think?
    No I didn't figure out what he was talking about till after I'd already left.
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    The Bronze Star can also be awarded for acts of merit or meritorious service. When it is awarded for bravery in combat, there is a "V" device (for valor) that is attached to the medal and the ribbon. My Dad was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device for actions during combat in Korea. A friend of mine was awarded a Bronze Star (without the V) for meritorious service during a tour in Iraq in 2004.
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