Americans have long loved their heroes, from real people to fictional characters. We are inspired by their superhuman feats against the insurmountable odds. From Superman saving the planet from Lex Luthor’s malevolent plots to Clint Eastwood’s character “Dirty” Harry Callahan saving San Francisco from yet another serial killer, we stand and cheer every time good […]
If you’ve ever looked at the left side of a soldier’s uniform, you’ll see colorful medals, ribbons, badges and insignias. Have you ever wondered what the meaning is behind each of these colorful and ornate items? All military medals, ribbons and badges are collectively known as military decorations, but each type has its own special […]
Receiving a medal for your service in the military is not always automatic. In many cases, military service members have to apply to receive their medals, or to replace lost or damaged medals. Family members may also be curious as to what kind of awards and distinguishments their veterans have received, and if their veterans […]
While veterans are honored in many ways, receiving an official medal–like the GWOT Expeditionary Medal–signifies an unparalleled degree of respect and honor. Reserved only for a select number of service members, this medal represents incredible sacrifice and a remarkable commitment to fighting the Global War on Terror.
The Navy uses patches to indicate not only the rank of a sailor but the job they do, which is called a “rate.” Typical Navy rates fall under various categories, including medical, construction, aviation, and others. A handful rates have been disbanded, combined with other rates, or simply dissolved throughout the years, but those sailors […]