The author has done great job bringing together a wealth of information previously not available in print. The sections on decorations and medals are outstanding and include full color pages on all medals and ribbons. The section on specialty marks is the most complete I have seen, with descriptions, drawings and historical background. The specialty marks not only include those in use today, but detail marks back as far as 1939. The sections on insignia are also good. The author has obviously drawn from many sources and has even gone to the trouble of utilizing line drawings on obsolete badges no longer in existence. There are also color pages clearly showing most of the badges and insignia used since World War II. This is an excellent book for current naval personnel and veterans.
This book was published by The Medals of America Press, so it’s not surprising that its main emphasis is on decorations, medals and awards. But it also intends, as the author writes, to be a “definitive” reference covering badges and rank insignia. The color plates are very nice, and the information for current insignia and medals is nice to have. But if
The book is worth the price for the medal information alone.
Jim Thompson has done a superlative job by providing in-depth detail of each decoration, medal, device and rank/rate insignia of the U.S. Navy. This book is a must-have reference for anyone who has an interest in the Navy, or the armed services in general.
Why didn’t the 5 million Navy and Marine veterans receive their military medals at the end of World War II?
It is true, but there was no plot against the Navy veterans. It was just that brass production and have been diverted to making ammunition for the war effort. Therefore with the exception of military decorations such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart very few campaign medals were manufactured before the end of the war. In fact some of the medals had not even been designed by 1945. So when America’s Navy veterans returned home at the end of the war all they had to show for their campaigns and victory were ribbon bars to ear on their chest. Even then several medals such as the Navy Occupation Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, and that Navy Commendation Medal were not authorized or designed until years after the war. By that time the veteran had returned home and begun the process of returning to civilian life.
The big problem all 14 million American Navy veterans and their families have is there is no single official or unofficial source that describes the meaning and tells the story of their military medals and insignia. Active duty and Reserve personnel face the same problem with information scattered in bits and pieces of hard to find Navy publications. Today that problem is solved! Medals of America Press is proud to publish the Complete Guide to United States Navy Medals, Badges and Insignia, World War II to Present.