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commander bunnypants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:36 AM
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Please tell me what did PFC Lynch due to get a gold star
I agree she deserves a Purple Heart, but a gold star? and what are the reguirments for receiving a gold star?

I got nothing against her, dont really care about her story, but a gold star?

This probably belongs in GD


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WildClarySage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:38 AM
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1. apparently
being used by your government to shore up support for an illegal war is part of the criteria these days. Nothing else she has done would have qualified. Which she will tell you herself.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:39 AM
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2. she got a bronze star, not a gold
A vet here can tell you why you get that, for valor I think.Maybe they thought it would help keep her quiet.

Whatever, she deserves everything they can give her and more. This stupid war will never be over for her.
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commander bunnypants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:43 AM
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5. ok a bronze my mistake
but still you really need to do somethiong to desrve that. Any DU vet please tell me the reguirments.

When I was in I was such a lousy shot I did not even get a marksmen ribbon.


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Democrats unite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:44 AM
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6. Very well put fishnfla
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:40 AM
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3. Good PR For A Dunce And His War
:eyes:
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:41 AM
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4. Bronze Star? She did Nuthin'
Nowhere near what my best friend did to receive his at Khe Sanh.

Thanks,Jess! At least you told the truth. Now, 86 that alleged BoyFriend!
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:55 AM
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7. I had a USMC buddy
that was awarded the bronze for wearing a pack full of C4 when a bullit passed through it. We all knew that the explosive is very stable and cannot be detinated by a gun shot. I also knew a jerk that got a purple heart for tripping on a tent stake durring a motar attack...... he got a band aid on his elbow... What a puke!
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plm135 Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 11:01 AM
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8. whatever she did...
she has been honest, and forthright, and hasnt in any way done anything wrong, so i for one, have a hard time begrudging her for getting it. More people than you know get bronze stars, especially field grade officer, just for "being there", so its about time the lower enlisted got a little something once in awhile.

No one should have any problems with her getting it. And by the way, its only for "valor" if the V-device is attached to it.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 01:10 PM
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15. Welcome pim135
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:45 PM
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20. Yeah
In GWI my armor company platoon leaders and platoon sgt's (and above, natch) got em automatically, it seemed, just for being there. E5&E6's got ARCOM's if they weren't unpopular. E-4's and below got AAM's if they were not out of favor.

What a joke.
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scottcsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 11:02 AM
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9. Using Private Lynch
Lynch was awarded the Bronze Star. A Bronze Star is usually given for an act of bravery. Her act of bravery was being unconscious in the Iraqi hospital. Here's what a Bronze Star citation looks like, courtesy of hackworth.com

"BSMs citing bravery typically read: 'Moving his machine gun to a forward vantage point, he covered the advance of the infantry with a heavy volume of effective fire. Repeatedly exposing himself to a devastating small-arms automatic weapons and mortar barrage . ' Or: '(He) voluntarily acted as point man and ... when the platoon was fired upon ... charged the (enemy) position .... Through his courage, determination and devotion to duty, he saved his patrol from suffering casualties and captured a prisoner who later provided important information.'"

Also, there is no "Gold Star" medal.



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madddog Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 11:07 AM
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10. actually
the standard by which Bronze Stars WITHOUT the V device has been cheapened of late...that's an argument that is still going on inside the military. I think everyone who participated in Desert Storm got one, IIRC.

The V device is still supposed to be for valor, so there is a definite distinction between the one with and the one without it.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 11:09 AM
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11. During Vietnam they gave them out like candy
Edited on Thu Nov-20-03 11:15 AM by HereSince1628
"Meritorious service in the republic of Vietnam" was the most frequently associated phrase and it depended on who nominated you as to what exactly that meant.

My older brother got his first for persistence...he kept flying his evac copter into a LZ until everyone who needed to got out...
He got his second for surviving a crash...



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Spirochete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 11:46 AM
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12. Maybe she
Edited on Thu Nov-20-03 11:48 AM by VancSouthpaw
donated to DU? That's how I got mine.

Speaking of my gold star - where'd it go? Hmmm.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 12:58 PM
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13. Very good, VS
My Gold Star citation reads: awarded for sending the money & not free-loading!
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 01:08 PM
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14. If Pfc Lynch ever starts posting at DU, I will buy her a gold star
Oh, the stories she could tell. (Yes, I realize she was unconcious).
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 01:16 PM
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17. People without gold stars on DU are not freeloaders
You stated that very rudely, and I hope you will reconsider your statement.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:06 PM
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19. OK, I reconsidered
freeload: to take advantage of the charity, generosity, or hospitality of others.... American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd edition..
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Spirochete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 01:17 PM
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18. I'm not freeloading
I donate every month. I just don't have the gold star anymore.
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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 01:11 PM
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16. She Gets A Gold Star From Me For Standing Up To Repuke SPIN
she's a true american patriot. ;)
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