The info provided by Patty is not accurate. She is quoting a long-debunked myth. The GCM is not an automatic award, nor is it reauthorized automatically upon re-enlistment. The GCM is authorized by the discretion of the commander. We have literally thousands of records (WW2) which do NOT indicate a GCM was awarded. Additionally, during WW2 most African-Americans, solely because of their race were not awarded a GCM because many white CO's believed most black Americans were "born with criminal genes", and could therefore never be entitled to the GCM.