Ok, so I'm working on a street banner that recognizes the service of the 5th Marine Regiment that will be displayed by a local city. The focus of the banner is a silhouette of a Marine in dress blues. The client, a support group for the 5th Marines, is asking for certain insignia to be put on the silhouette. One of the things they want to see is a group of service ribbons on the figure's chest, and a MOH.
Now what I need to know is what ribbons would be typical to see on a Master Gunnery Sergeant? My dad was in the Corps, but he spent most of his time wrenching on jeeps and trucks, so the pics I have of him don't have much ornamentation to draw from.
I found this site to help me put the order together, but need to know what boxes to check off. Any help would be much appreciated.
If a Master Guns doesn't have a few good conduct ribbons, then it was an interesting career indeed.
Probably has a pogie bait ribbon.
There are being there ribbons, a person automatically gets them for being there. Then there are personal citations, they are higher in order.
Just joining, one could get on signing is the National Defense ribbon, (aka pogie bait, firewatch ribbon).
Stepping foot in country, like Viet-Nam during the war, earning a Vietnam service ribbon, being during a campaign, a Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. Being a good guy, not Article 15 or court martials, a good conduct ribbon, Being shot at and returning fire, a CAR, Then there are unit citations, PUC, NUC, etc
Then there are foreign awards, Viet-Nam cross for gallantry, Viet-Nam Civil insurection, etc.
Now if he never got out of Barstow, it would be a National Defense and maybe a good conduct. Which is not likely in the Marines.
So the odds are the longer a person is in the Corps, the less average their medals will be.
But there's Medal of Honor ribbon. Does it belong to him?
It's not for a real person. It's meant as a generic representation of the unit (5th Marine Regt.) as a whole. The client that wants this asked specifically for a MOH to be represented among the awards shown in the illustration I am making. Originally the art had no insignia, save for the EGA on the collar of the dress blue uniform. But then the client asked for all appropriate insignia for a MGS complete with MoH.