Doesn't Recognize Two Carter 'Medals,'
Calls Three Others Unauthorized
are the ribbons (which represent medals) and insignia that can
be seen in a photo of Carter wearing his Army uniform. The photo
appears in Carter's 1974 autobiography. All of these ribbons
and patches are missing from the same photo in James Hirsch's
pro-Carter book, "Hurricane." [Note: Carter was
in the Army from Aug. 27, 1954 to May 29, 1956, according to
are the items over Carter's left pocket
in the photo; below right is a current paratroopers' insignia.
The image above was shown to a person familiar with Army ribbons.
Here is his assessment:
Top left: Good Conduct Medal. The
medal is "awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and
fidelity in active Federal Military Service." His military
record wouldn't authorize the award of this medal. [Note:
Carter was discharged as being "unfit for military service"
after four courts martial.]
Top right: Korean Service Medal. This
medal was awarded for service in Korea between 27 June 1950 and
27 July 1954 (Korean War time frame). This doesn't match his
service dates, if indeed they are correct according to prison
records. The Korea Unit Citation would have been awarded to someone
who actually served in the Korean peninsula during the Korean
War. [Carter's only overseas service was in Germany.]
National Defense Service Medal. This medal is "awarded for honorable
active service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954 (Korea)
and between 1 January 1961 and 14 August 1974 (Vietnam)."
His service falls between these dates, not during them.
Nothing I have ever seen before. I know of no Army ribbons
or medals that have diagonal stripes.
right: Nothing I have ever seen before. I know
of no Army ribbons or medals that have stars, except the
Medal of Honor ribbon (left) which has five small white stars.
There are campaign stars that are added to medals for second/third
awards and for specific campaigns, but this appears to be a solid
colored ribbon with white stars on it. Campaign stars are smaller
than those depicted and are bronze colored, not white.
insignia on Carter's cap and an actual paragliders' patch.
is the object over Carter's right front pocket. Our expert has
no idea what it is.