Carter served from Aug. 27, 1954 to May 29, 1956
The Army of Occupation Medal was awarded for "...service
in Germany between 9 May 1945 and 5 May 1955 (Berlin until
2 October 1990) or Austria between 9 May 1945 and 27 July
1955." This matches his service dates if he served
in Europe during his service as he states in the movie.
This appears to be the only medal he could possibly
have been awarded.
2. What I thought was a NATO Medal at first look, after
watching the movie again, appears to be the 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.
[Carter's only overseas service was in Germany.]
bottom three medals and the Korea Unit Citation would
all have been awarded to someone who actually served in
the Korean peninsula during the Korean War.
So I guess he went through military training, served in
Korea during the Korean War, then served in Germany, and
then at Fort Campbell Kentucky (home of the 101st Airborne
Division); all in the span of less than two years. Could
have happened, but the dates don't match.
ELSEWHERE IN THIS SECTION:
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 miltary service" after four courts
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.