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Old 12 August 2015, 15:51
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WWI Army Decorations?

I'm trying to help my brother-in-law build a shadow box of his great grandfather's service in WWI. We only have a photo of his service uniform to guide us:


The DSC and the PH are easy to identify (and are verified), but we have drawn a blank on the other three ribbons. One seems to be a campaign ribbon with 5 subsequent awards, unless its a faded WWI victory medal with campaign stars on it.

Do any of you historically inclined guys have any info on these?

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Old 12 August 2015, 19:24
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pm me in the morning. I have a link for WW1 Stuff.
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Old 12 August 2015, 20:01
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....... One seems to be a campaign ribbon with 5 subsequent awards, unless its a faded WWI victory medal with campaign stars on it.....
It's a WW1 Victory Medal with bronze service/campaign stars that represent battle clasps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medal_bar


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_...Campaign_Stars
"Since battle and service clasps could only be worn on the full-sized World War I Victory Medal, 3/16 inch bronze service stars were authorized for wear on the award ribbon. This was the common method of campaign and battle display when wearing the World War I Victory Medal as a ribbon on a military uniform."
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Old 12 August 2015, 23:47
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Looks like your stud was from New York.

The other two are:

Conspicuous Service Cross (NY): http://dmna.ny.gov/awards/csc.html

First War State of New York Medal of Honor for War Service
Issued to 400,000 New Yorkers: http://www.emedals.com/highlighted-o...-service-w2834

Good for you for putting this together for them. We keep these guys alive this way. Their stories are now ours to tell for them since they cannot. Never Forget. Hats off.
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Old 13 August 2015, 02:02
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Good work.

As I understand it, if you got five medals in WWI, you were a serious stud. They didn't have multiple campaign medals, the volunteer medal, and a ribbon for every day served overseas back then.
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Old 13 August 2015, 09:44
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Here is a great link with WW1 Medal information/photos.
http://www.ww1medals.net/WW1-US-Victory-medals.htm
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Thank you gents! Capt. Ward Chamberlin was indeed from NY, which explains the two on the right.

Next stop is Dept of Military and Naval Affairs in NY, to see about replacement medals.

Here is his WWI citation:

CHAMBERLAIN, WARD B.
Captain, U.S. Army
307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ward B. Chamberlain, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Merval, France, September 15, 1918. While leading his company in attack through terrific shell fire, Captain Chamberlain was severely wounded in the right hand, this wound rendering his entire right arm useless. Despite his weakness from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until forced to do so.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY


Here are the campaigns the regiment participated in as well:

World War I
Oise-Aisne
Meuse-Argonne
Champagne 1918
Lorraine 1918

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Old 24 September 2015, 12:50
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Incredibly, the State of NY stepped up to the plate and provided these. Now if I can just get the US Army to be as responsive...
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Old 25 September 2015, 00:33
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yes. The US was in WWI for one year entering in 1917 to 1918.
unlike other countries from 1914 to 1918.

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Good work.

As I understand it, if you got five medals in WWI, you were a serious stud. They didn't have multiple campaign medals, the volunteer medal, and a ribbon for every day served overseas back then.
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Wow. I just googled Chamberlain's title, and this was the first place I checked. Pics of his full uniform.

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/168010-wwi-dsc-recipient-uniform-77th-division/
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Old 3 May 2018, 18:51
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I started this in 2015, and was pleasantly surprised that the State of New York responded quickly with replacements. The US Army has not answered a single request in the intervening 2 years however. 4 months ago I asked my congressman for assistance with the Dept of Army, as of today he says I still need to get an official copy of the citation in order to for him to make a request to them. Guess who you need to ask for the official copy? The guys who haven't replied to 2+ years of written requests.
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Namor,

What is it specifically that you want, and who are you contacting, specifically. PM me if necessary.
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Old 3 May 2018, 20:54
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Try this web link it all about WW1 an the history 100 years ago
I receive emails all the time about the 100 years anniversary of WW1




https://content.govdelivery.com/acco...letins/1ebdde0
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The US Army has not answered a single request in the intervening 2 years however. Guess who you need to ask for the official copy? The guys who haven't replied to 2+ years of written requests.
I don't know why they told you that. You need to go here to the National Archives and download and then fill out the Standard Form 180 to request his records. That should get you the citations.
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