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Vietnam War 101st Airborne Paratrooper Medal Group
A large group of framed medals and insignia representing the service of a soldier who obviously served in combat in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and as a U.S. Army Ranger. Most of the medals were pinned to a piece of Velcro and affixed to a felt cloth covered board which is within a frame. The medals consist of the Bronze Star with "V" device; The Army Commendation Medal with "V" device; the Purple Heart; the Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 "knots" for repeated enlistments; the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1 bronze campaign star; the National Defense Medal; the WWII Occupation Medal with "Germany" bar; the Vietnam War Campaign Medal of the Republic of Vietnam; Vietnam Military Service Medal; Vietnam Armed Forced Honor Medal, 1st Class; Vietnam Gallantry Cross; Vietnam Civil Actions Medal; Vietnam Staff Service Medal. All of the American medals are unnamed. The Bronze Star and Army Good Conduct Medals are slot brooch suspensions, while the other medals have crimp brooch suspensions. The Vietnam War Campaign Medal of Vietnam has two prongs in the back for clutch back fasteners , while all of the other Vietnamese awards are lacking pin or clutch prong suspensions. All of the Vietnamese medals appear to be American made. The insignia in the group consists of a pair of crossed rifle enlisted infantry collar disks, lacking prong backs; Command Paratrooper wings; enlisted ranks visor cap insignia; Combat Infantry Badge with star for a second award; A Vietnamese Ranger Unit tab, U.S. Army "Ranger" tab; 101st Airborne Division shoulder patch; and subdued 101st Airborne Division shoulder patch. The group also includes a pair of Airmobile Assault wings and a pair of Vietnamese paratrooper wings, the latter apparently American made. The group was presumably placed into the frame by the paratrooper veteran, who removed the clutch fasteners for any medals or insignia that used them and as such there are no clutch fasteners present. All of the medals and insignia are fastened to the felt backing either from having had the attachment prongs pressed into the backing board; or the pins or prongs were removed and they were affixed to the backing with Velcro or, in a few cases, such as the collar disks, with tape.
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