Army & Navy - MORALE: Tinsel & Ribbon

Napoleon's observation that a soldier will walk through hell to get a ribbon for his tunic did not mean that a given amount of hell invariably produced a given ribbon. To fighting men before and since, the inequities of medal awards have always been a sore subject. The current issue of the official Marine Corps Gazette gives Marine Captain Richard G. Hubler a chance to dig the old subject up again for World War II.

Captain Hubler's article, "Winning Medals and Alienating People," kicks off sharply: "To talk about tinsel and ribbon when death...

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