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    Default Medal Mystery

    Of the many displays at our Air Museum, we have a number of medals and decorations - mostly from the WWII era.
    One particular bank of seven medals includes what is clearly the 1939 - 1945 Star located on the left side of the group.
    The mystery is the ribbon attached to this Star. While all of the 1939 - 1945 Star ribbons that we are aware of consist
    of dark blue (Navy) - Red (Army) - Light Blue (Air Force) bands, the ribbon on this one is dark blue - light brown (tan) -
    and light blue.
    A couple of us have been researching this for the last while and have drawn a blank. We're hoping someone out there
    can help (speculation also welcome).
    The recipient of these medals was Canadian and went on to serve in Korea.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Have a look at http://www.korean-war-medals.com/canada/medal_1.shtml
    issued in early 50's but might be sane colours.

    Paulk H.

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    No other ribbon can be displayed on this star, I wonder if it has been sun bleached which can colour change, however if all others are ok and medals are all mounted as worn that is unlikely. Canadian ribbon was exactly the same issue so no room for any differences. Check the measurments of the ribbon against another that will soon tell you.

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    His Korea decoration (6th of seven medals) is the United Nations Service Medal with Korea Bar. That ribbon is a series of blue and white stripes.
    In our research of the 1939 - 1945 Star, I thought I spotted a similar coloured ribbon on a medal on sale on E Bay but the photo was poor quality
    so not of much help.

    Galbraith

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    Colin:

    The sun bleaching was one of our speculations as well, however at least 4 of the adjacent medals have bright red in them.
    Looking at a photo of them, nothing looks out of the ordinary including the ribbon width.
    Another of our speculations was that the dark blue - tan - light blue ribbon was used in error, but we as much as ruled that out.
    we couldn't find records of any ribbons like that.

    Galbraith

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    Galbraith.
    Clearly you have a correctly issued 1939 1945 Star as issued.
    He was entitled to that medal and it can only be worn with the correct ribbon - why you have a colour change appears unknown, the description of that ribbon matches nothing I know of.
    If the 1939 1945 appears nowhere else on the group you can eliminate an unitended swop over thus leaving you with an incorrect but similar in design ribbon on the medal.
    You would not be wrong in correctly showing the ribbon as mounted but advising it is wrong - or simply mount it with the correct ribbon.

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