This is great articles on preserving your family military medals.
As with any personal life story, only a veteran can tell the complete story of what it was like to experience serving in the United States Armed Forces and being a moment in our American history. Few families, however, possess their military veterans complete records, medals and certificates either, because their veterans never compiled them or family members never bothered to preserve them.
Ones military history is a huge part in your family history. It is a branch on the genealogy tree that can connect generations through duty to serve. This weeks blog post talks about preserving the box of assorted military medals, ribbons, coins, citations and other memorabilia that are collected, but hidden away. Here is some advice to get you started.
The first thing you should do is obtain a copy of the service persons discharge papers that lists all their honors, awards or citations, according to Rusty Blair, Military Awards Specialist with Medals of America in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. If veterans are still alive they can request the papers themselves. The reason for doing this is twofold. You want to ensure that you have the complete list of honors and medals in case something went missing at home. Secondly, sometimes honors are bestowed on veterans after their time in service. For instance, in 2002 the Korea Defense Service Medal was created when it was signed into law by President George W. Bush to recognize those members of the United States Armed Forces who have served duty in South Korea after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. The medal is retroactive to the end of the Korean War and is granted to any service preformed after July 28, 1954. The National Personnel Records Center is responsible for verifying entitlement of the KDSM to discharged members of the military.
Article By Mary V. Danielsen of Documented Legacy