ARMED FORCES: Muddle in Medals

Nothing designed to improve fighting morale kicked up more rancor than the World War II system of handing out decorations. In the current issue of the Informtry Journal, Major David E. Milotta produces some figures to support the feeling that there was something wrong.

Taking as his yardstick the ratio of combat awards to the number killed in action, Milotta found that the ist Division handed out 5.1 awards per man killed. But the 3rd Division, which saw more combat, got only 2.0, and the 42nd Division, with relatively little combat, 11.8. Two U.S. airborne divisions, the 82nd and the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!