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I was reading about it yesterday. When you got four silver OLCs, they just authorized a second ribbon alongside the first; it's why they went to numerals.I knew a chopper pilot, did 2 tours, lots of combat. He had 14 air medals. How the hell do you bronze/silver star that?
Can't think of much worse !!!My Ex threw out my Good Conduct Medal....How low can you go ?
My recollection is that (Vietnam specific that is) 25 hours of logged "Combat" time equalled one Air Medal. Nothing to do with sorties.Talk about a participation award. The original criteria specified a certain number of sorties. It was intended to be a rare medal, and in WWII it was, but then they invented helicopters. And, suddenly, an eight-hour B17 run over Bremen in 1943 became the equivalent of a 20-minute round trip to a hot LZ in 1966. Both were a "sortie."