posted on Sep, 9 2004 @ 06:31 PM
I don't think anybody needs to get worked up over Bush wearing an unauthorized unit award. It could have been an honest error on his part and if
someone is going to pick an award to wear to bolster their image that isn't the one to pick.
When my grandfather was activated from the Air Force Reserves during the Cuban missile crisis and had to start showing up for inspections and whatnot
he said that he couldn't believe the number of ribbons he rated. They were all unit awards and he had no idea what they were all about, except that
he had to wear them.
When I got out of the Marine Corps, I requested an update of my awards and I still have the response that authorized two Navy Unit Citations, I
assembled the display that you see below (which doesn't have the stars one places on ribbons to denote subsequent awards), with one star on the NUC.
Later, I requested another update and for some reason the second NUC was not noted. I asked about the second NUC and no one knows why I rated two in
1971 and only one in 1985. It's just one of those things.
I don't display my awards but my ribbon bar still has the NUC with one star. I'd replace it, but what the heck.
So the point is this. If GW, while serving in his unit mistakenly put on an extra ribbon for a photograph, it's no big deal. But, don't get me
wrong. Wearing unauthorized awards is taken very seriously and I have seen MPs jump Marines on the street for wearing unauthorized awards. Adm.
Boorda, CNO, committed suicide when confronted with his having worn unauthorized "combat V's" on two of his awards. He was the highest ranking
Naval Officer at the time.
David Hackworth was the individual who was going to expose Boorda and he was found to have listed on his site a couple of award he did not rate. It
was revealed that his service record from which the information was taken was in error and he had never worn the awards.
Stuff happens and people make mistakes. Sometimes it's the individual and sometimes it's the system. Sometimes it's fraudulent; sometimes it's
And I'm not yet convinced the picture is authentic, but it does look pretty good if it is a fake.
[edit on 04/9/9 by GradyPhilpott]