To the best of my knowledge, and as I get older that gets more unreliable, I don`t think there is a ribbon for just having been on active duty during the conflict years. I think you had to have been in-country to receive whatever that was they gave us -- campaign ribbon; service ribbon, I actually can`t remember now.
We have a thread here someplace about the Cold War ribbon and one of our folks gave me an update on that and I`m afraid as I type this I can`t even remember what that update was (positive or negative), and I just read that a few days or so ago. I`m getting pretty useless, aren`t I?
Point is, if someone were on active duty during the Nam years they would certainly be eligible for the Cold War ribbon -- if I could just remember if it was approved. Oh yes, and that individual would have had to be discharged with the honorable discharge paper. I seem to remember there was another kind of discharge that was not dishonorable, but I don`t know if that would count. General discharge, maybe? I remember some folks being discharged for some such thing like for the good of the service, but not getting a dishonorable paper. Had a lot of draftees in those days that really wanted to get out. Get away from the Green Machine they used to say.
Uh oh, there`s another problem with us old folks (some, that is) we go on and on and on and then you forget what the original topic was. I better stop, right?
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