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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2015 9:11 p.m. PST

Since a National Guardsman and an Airman were awarded this medal by a grateful French nation, I am asking if they can wear this medal on their uniform.

vaughan Inactive Member26 Aug 2015 2:24 a.m. PST


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Aug 2015 6:56 a.m. PST

The wearing of foreign awards has been authorized for decades. I've worn one with my dress greens. Audie Murphy wore bunches on his.

Davoust26 Aug 2015 2:25 p.m. PST

When I was in 6th Marines we still wore French awards from World War I. That was in the 1980's.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member26 Aug 2015 6:15 p.m. PST


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2015 12:16 p.m. PST

Yes, many units that participated in WW1 still wear the French Fourragere awarded to the unit.

XRaysVision Inactive Member28 Aug 2015 11:41 a.m. PST

Have you ever seen a picture of Patton in full dress?


Bismarck30 Aug 2015 9:24 a.m. PST

I wondered about this one too. I always thought that wearing foreign awards in uniform were only authorized if the recipient was awarded the medal or ribbon while serving in a war fought both by their own country and the nation presenting the award.

Old Wolfman02 Sep 2015 6:39 a.m. PST

As I recall,from what my grandpa told me,his unit(the 6th Marines) were awarded the fouraggere by France,as a unit award for their actions at Belleau Wood and elsewhere on the Western Front. He had his,even though he'd been WIA a few months prior to Belleau Wood, in a poison gas artillery attack on a sector near Verdun where the Marines were conducting advanced training with the French.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2015 8:04 p.m. PST

@Bismark: You would be incorrect. There are many foreign military awards that may be worn that don't have anything to do with combat, nor is there any requirement that both nations be at war with the same foe.

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member08 Dec 2015 6:53 a.m. PST

The GAFb is a Germ,an award that is worn by many US Army personnel to date. It is a proficiency award.

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