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freefall 10-17-2010 09:48 PM

need input from military guys
I live in Alaska. In our Republican primary we elected a Bronze Star, West Point alumnus, Desert Storm tank commander as our candidate. Our incumbent Republican senator, having promised to abide by the will of the voters, has chosen to run as a write-in candidate. On a local radio show the other day one of the incumbents' supporters said, "A bronze star for an officer is just the same as a good conduct medal for an enlisted man. It just means he didn't get in trouble while he was in the army."
So. Is this true? Untrue? Can I contradict it meaningfully? I have no military experience but this is chapping my azz. Any help would be appreciated.

dunerunner 10-17-2010 10:01 PM

"The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."

U.S. Army Individual Decorations About half way down the page.

freefall 10-17-2010 10:05 PM

"Meritorious Service" seems to be open to quite broad interpretation. I was hoping for something more definitive to quash this slug. But thanks.

dunerunner 10-17-2010 10:26 PM


What branch of the service, what was the service interval, where did he serve?

I was enlisted and really all we got was a National Defense Ribbon out of boot camp.

Maybe this will help All Bronze Star Medal Winners; List of Bronze Star Medal Winners (39 Items) | Ranker - A World of Lists

Shihan 10-17-2010 10:26 PM

You should hear the things they are saying about our Republican candidate for Congress, Ilario Pantano.

If not sure who Mr. Pantano is here is the Wiki Bio. Not the best source but from this, you could get the idea of what is being said about him.:mad:

freefall 10-17-2010 10:31 PM

He was in the Army (West Point) during Desert Storm -BC =Before Clinton. Bush the Elder, neh? 1988-92, eh?

dunerunner 10-17-2010 10:33 PM

Give me his name, I'll go look it up!

freefall 10-17-2010 10:35 PM

Joe Miller.

freefall 10-17-2010 10:39 PM

I just went through the list, didn't see him. Hrrmph. Is it true there are only 39 Bronze Star recipients since inception?

freefall 10-17-2010 10:46 PM

So. I just found another list, no Joe or Joseph Miller listed for that time slot. Crap. Maybe the opposition has more going than they know!!:eek:

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