I am further convinced that the photo was produced BACKWARDS.Is there no insignia on his SHOULDER--a patch of some sort?Who is the other individual in the picture?Does his uniform show any decorations or insignia that might support your investigation?
Can you send me the WHOLE photo?
I am NOW of the opinion that your subjects ribbon bar consists of only ONE row of three ribbons.I base this observation on the nature and location of the CIB.The lower aspect of the wreath in the CIB is visible and crosses better than half of the area that would be occupied by an upper row of ribbons if one existed.Further, it is my opinion that the colors of what "appears" to be the lower ribbon bar have 'ghosted' and APPEAR to form a seperate upper row of ribbons.I DO NOT BELIEVE that there is an UPPER row.It is an optical illusion.
If we could extract the colors of what looks like an upper ribbon bar and lay those colors over the form of the lower bar we would essentially "fill" the color voids of that bar and thus create a representation of known decorations and the 'picture' would make sense. The red aspects of the ghosted bar would fill the areas of the GCM and the WW2VM, and the green aspect of the ghosted ribon top center would fill the green aspects of the ETO ribbon.
It looks to me as though the layering of color on the ribbon bar was 'lifted' and transposed on a parallel line just above the fully formed ribbon bar.How this happened is anyones guess.But it is the only explanation for what we see here.
My comment regarding a Purple Heart is IN ERROR.What appeared to be a complete row of medal ribbons containing the PH is actually a shadow and a part of the finial on the tip of the Fouregere. The three ribbons are Good Conduct; European Theatre of Operations; and most probably the WW2 Victory Medal.
Again it is important to understand that this photo is BACKWARDS.
If you'd like to, please resend the complete picture so that I can verify all of the aspect of what is there on BOTH individuals in the picture.
Also--The knotted cord is the BELGIAN Fourgere--not the French.They are of very similar coloring and design.