Posted on Dec 15, 2013
PO1 Thomas B.
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Ok, I know there are a number of discussions about the proliferation of awards but I have a slightly different question.

What is your opinion on the "Cold War Medal"?

Those of us that served between wars from 1945 through 1991 did not receive any recognition for keeping the Nuclear Peace. Over the years, bills have been introduced in five separate Congress' for the authorization of a Cold War Victory Medal or Cold War Service Medal. To date bills have successfully passed both houses but get stripped out in committee. All medal bills have been vehemently opposed by the U.S. Department of Defense. On February 17, 2011, Senator Olympia Snowe (ME) and on May 24, 2011, Representative Steve Israel (NY-2) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, that the Secretary of Defense concerned may issue a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War Service Medal', to Cold War veterans who meet the criteria.

If the concern is cost of distribution of the Medal, I, for one, would be willing to obtain my own. I just feel that there needs to be more recognition than the cheesy piece of paper that has been authorized. What say you?
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I say a medal is well deserved and what does it hurt to show recognition for those that served during that time. 
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SPC Johnny Velazquez, PhD
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Thank you as well, Gunny.
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PO3 Donald Murphy
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Here's something cool as well...

My English wife was tracking down her grand father's lost medals. All she had was a ribbon rack of his. She found a company in England called Awardmedals.com and they helped her buy replacement medals for her grand father and even mounted them in a beautiful shadow box. While she was there, the kids had been bugging her to help make me a father's day shadow box. They were pissed that they still had not received my Cold War certificate from the government. So wife plus kids asked Awardmedals.com if they knew what an American sailor during the Cold War would have and this is what they all came up with. Looks a hell of a lot nicer than what the DoD will probably decide on...

http://www.awardmedals.com/cold-war-medal-p-707.html?cPath=282_21_33
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SP5 Dave (Shotgun) Shockley
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I agree that we should be given recognition.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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They do have a ribbon and a medal, it will cost about 20 dollars for the two of them from a company that handles this kind of stuff.
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<span style="color: rgb(55, 64, 78); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12 [login to see] 91406px; line-height: 18px;">I served during these times. We had enough threats during the time I was in, just after Viet Nam. We were put on alert when N. Korea killed 3 American officers, alerted when Russian subs off the coast of California were found monitoring my unit's work. &nbsp;Then Libya, Grenada, Panama. Not to mention the Iron Curtain and threat of MAD.</span><br style="color: rgb(55, 64, 78); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12 [login to see] 91406px; line-height: 18px;"><br style="color: rgb(55, 64, 78); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12 [login to see] 91406px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(55, 64, 78); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12 [login to see] 91406px; line-height: 18px;">I helped develop the equipment and weapons that carried us through today's conflicts. Not even authorized for the NDSM.</span><br style="color: rgb(55, 64, 78); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12 [login to see] 91406px; line-height: 18px;">
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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PO3 Donald Murphy
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Hand salute, Gunny. Tons of respect for the Marines in Beirut.
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SGT Dale Jackson Sr.
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I remember the North Korean incident, I was station Ft. Polk La, 4/12 Cav 5th Mech, fall of 76
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CMDCM Gene Treants
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Talk about torn emotions. &nbsp;I really did not realize the some vets of the Cold War were NOT authorized the NSDM. Since I was on Active Duty from 1966 to 1996 I received TWO NSDM and really do not need a new medal, BUT if there are military members out there who were not recognized for their service, then YES we do need a MEDAL, not just a certificate (which I have) that covers the Cold War. &nbsp;<div><br></div><div>So, &nbsp;in light of the above I have to say YES. We really do need a Cold War (or Warrior) Medal. This is needed to make sure those who did NOT receive a NSDM get the recognition they so fully deserve!</div>
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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MSgt David Peter
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The two National Service Defense Medals you earned were for being on active duty during the Vietnam War and the Gulf War and are not awarded for Cold War service. I believe that people who served during the Cold War and helped protect the world from nuclear war definitely deserve the recognition of a Cold War Victory Medal.
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SPC John Parmenter
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As a teenage Volunteer, I served in the Ground Observer Corps (most RP Members never heard of the Cold War GOC). We were trained & organized by the U.S. Air Force to scan North America's skies for Soviet air intrusion & strikes. Ground Observer Corps was deactivated in 1958 following deployment of sophisticated radar systems. I was awarded GOC "wings" & other medals & certificates for duty hours served. The Cold War Service Certificate does not recognize Volunteer service. My U.S. Army service (1961-1967) included a tour behind the Iron Curtain in West Berlin. For that unique tour, I was awarded a World War II Army of Occupation Medal (1945-1990) & U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (14 AUG 1961-01 JUN 1963). In my time, "fruit salad" was worn by combat Veterans -- it never occurred to me that medals should be awarded for non-combat service. I felt fortunate to have my two "been-there buttons" -- Berlin service was unusual in that we were surrounded & confronted hostile forces daily for nearly a half century.
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