Posted on Apr 14, 2015
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I am fascinated with militaria, and that includes honors that SM's have earned that I speak to on a daily basis...here on RP.

So, this is a Get-To-Know you question...post and share if you'd like us all to get to know you a little better. Provide a brief description of how you were awarded the top award.
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CSM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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Dogtags
First metal awarded and still the most cherished!
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WOW SGM! When I saw this question, the first thing that came to mind were my Dog Tags. But if I had to chose an actual award or awards. It would be my grandfather's shadow box with his awards from WWII and his dog tags. So, before I left for the STAN, I sent paperwork up to the VA in D.C. on trying to get the awards my grandfather should of been awarded for his service during WWII. So, while I was deployed, i would ask my wife like every month had anything come back from the VA. Of course her response was always the same NO. So on March 1, 2013 I was promoted to SSG and on that same day my Grandfathers awards came in from the VA. Of course my wife would tell me for the next two 1/2 months that nothing had come in. So, my wife and parents throw a welcome home party for me and after we had all eaten, my wife asked me to sit down. She then brings out this present wrapped in camo wrapping paper. Once I noticed what it was the water faucet was turned on. Then She told me they came in the same day I got promoted. So next to my Dog Tags, my Grandfathers Awards and Dog Tags are my most cherished awards.
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1SG James Kelly
1SG James Kelly
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Nailed it.
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SPC Joseph Kenny
SPC Joseph Kenny
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SFC (Join to see) - Beautiful story. Your wife gets it.
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SGT John Overby
SGT John Overby
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SPC Joseph Kenny - She did a great work of surprise and honor because she understood how you felt about getting the VA to provide the information for you. Super important.
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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Purple heart ribbon
Cmb
Pretty simple combo
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COL Charles Williams
COL Charles Williams
9 y
I agree, except I don't have a CMB.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
9 y
I see a lot of CMB // PH combos. Angels on the battlefield.
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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SFC Mark Merino
Pretty sure that the fact that my citations have the same date is not uinque.
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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Meritorious service medal
Meritorious Service Medal - Beirut, Lebanon (1983-1984)

Back in the 80s, it was rare to see an enlisted Marine with a Meritorious Service Medal --- they usually went to senior enlisted (upon retirement) and, of course, to officers.
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MSgt Garrick Hill
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No kidding, this us usually an end of service award...OOH-RAH Gunny. I hope my end of service award is this exact award.
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