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Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 5:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Aug 2013 3:01PM GMT
I have been searching for the origin of these ribbons for several weeks on every site I can find. I have not been able to identify three of the ribbons. They belonged to my grandfather who was a gunner in a plane in the Flying Tigers. He has 7 ribbons, 4 of which I have identified. These are the three I can't find anywhere. Does anyone recognize any of these?
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Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 1:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
The top ribbon would be an unofficial variant of the WW1 Victory Ribbon.

the 2nd from the top is a Veterans of Foreign Wars membership ribbon

the bottom is a WW2 China Occupation medal ribbon

All three usually are hard to identify. Here's a link to some photos.

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1714...

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 1:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much! i have been pulling my hair out on these. Either you have a keen eye or you were in the military...or you are just brilliant. Either way, I thank you very kindly!

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 1:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
One more question...you say the first one is a variant of WWI victory ribbon. Could it also be for WWII? my grandfather was in WWII not WWI. just making sure!

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 3:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was wondering about that myself. The 'unofficial" variant of the Victory Medal was awarded to veterans of the 1st world war by cities and state governments. Maybe they had a stock left over and issued them to returning veterans where he lived? Or he went to the nearest military surplus store to buy the ribbon after he was discharged and someone slipped this in on him. It also was used by some on their ribbon bars until the "official" WW 2 version showed up. Do you know if he has the official WW2 victory medal among his ribbons? You see these every so often on WW2 veterans ribbon bars, not really uncommon if you're used to seeing them but throws most people off.

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 3:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
You're more than welcome. Yes, I did serve many years in the military so I luckily have a head start for this hobby of mine.

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 4:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Found a bit more info that may tie the mystery WW1 and VFW medals together for a WW 2 vet like your grandfather. The conventional wisdom often expressed is that this ribbon was presented to returning veterans of WWII in recognition of their service by such organizations as VFW or American Legion and otherwise its exact identity is a mystery. I spoke with a couple of my uncles who are VFW members, and they remember these being awarded as place-keepers by by the local VFW.

Re: Identification for ribbons - Not in any list I can find

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 7:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Great to know. Ill add that notes on my ancestry research. In response to your earlier question, he did have the WWII victory ribbon as well. Here is a link to his tree

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/59051575/person/40041455025

You can see the ribbons i have. I have only put pictures of 4 of them up. I have 7 in my possession. His military discharge lists a few others that are not in my possession. no idea where they are. I also have a flying tigers lapel pin that belonged t him, though I can find no record he was in the tigers. it was something my father told me. seemed to jive with the fact he had the pin. but who knows!
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