US Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims




 
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February 7th, 2015  
jillyz12
 
 

Topic: US Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims


http://news.yahoo.com/us-army-award-...194510774.html
February 8th, 2015  
MontyB
 
 
umm doesnt this open up a can of worms and change Nidal Hasan's status to POW?
February 9th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
It sounds like the criteria for acquisition are so watered down that the medals soon have no value anymore.
Itīs also been a standing joke to comment on how courageous a US Private is, with all those ribbons they carry.
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February 9th, 2015  
brinktk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kesse81
It sounds like the criteria for acquisition are so watered down that the medals soon have no value anymore.
Itīs also been a standing joke to comment on how courageous a US Private is, with all those ribbons they carry.

Not one to be big on medals or decorations...however, I don't think there has been a degradation in both the Purple Heart or Valor awards...if anything, I think the criteria has been harder to receive these things during GWOT than in previous wars.(at least in the US it has) Yes, US soldiers seem to have several decorations compared to our European counterparts...most of them are service awards for serving overseas in some capacity. Our military is a lot more expeditionary than most...nature of the beast.

As for the Purple Heart...I know guys who refused the Purple Heart AND evacuation from the battlefield from gunshot wounds so they wouldn't have to leave the line...I also know guys who did extraordinary acts of heroism and were never decorated for it or received an ARCOM(V)...(a slap in the face really) when they should have received Silver Stars...

Of course, this is why I don't generally like awards in the first place...they don't really mean anything anyways...they don't bring your buddies back...they don't help me sleep better at night...
February 9th, 2015  
tetvet
 
The Shooter should have received the PH Posthumously .
February 10th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
In the Danish military decorations are very difficult to achieve and mine are also service awards all of them. They are just coins on a string.

What I am more proud of is when during the debriefing you are mentioned for something you have done during a mission. As the day when a British company commander shook hands with all my guys in my squad and gave me a friendly pat on the back with the words "Damm fine job Sergeant"

We had reacted so fast with fire support that the Brits gained the upper hand after they were pinned down in an open field. Recognition from colleagues is to me worth more than medals.
But I respect that some are proud of the awards which they have received, whatever they have received them for.
February 10th, 2015  
tetvet
 
The PH has been a long standing joke for years , a person I knew in Vietnam received the honor after falling off a bar stool and got a bump on the back of his head another a cut on the hand from stringing barbed wire , there were many others .
February 10th, 2015  
brinktk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetvet
The PH has been a long standing joke for years , a person I knew in Vietnam received the honor after falling off a bar stool and got a bump on the back of his head another a cut on the hand from stringing barbed wire , there were many others .

Again, perhaps because of the over awarding of these types of awards during Vietnam, the brass these days is over correcting and making it harder to earn these awards.
February 10th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
Sounds unlikely to me that the Purple Heart is awarded for non-combat injuries.
February 10th, 2015  
tetvet
 
Unlikely or not I don't lie and you were not in Vietnam where a pin prick would get you a PH .
 


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