My Dad's Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon has, in addition to one silver and one bronze star, a bronze "I" attached to it. I know what the stars are for but have found no reference to nor picture of the "I" and hope someone can tell me what it stands for. The device is NOT a numeral "1" but the letter "I". It has two little prongs that attach it to the ribbon that are exactly like the prongs on the stars. Actually, the ribbon should have had one silver star and two bronze stars according to his discharge paper but in the place of one of the bronze stars is the "I". My Dad served in the Navy in the South Pacific on the USS Farenholt 1942-1944 if that helps. The Farenholt was part of the Navy fleet present at the invasion of Guadalcanal. He was a Gunner's Mate.
Also, just curious, weren't the devices on the ribbonslimited to three? What if a person was entitled to 9 stars on one ribbon? It just wasn't worn unless they earned the tenth?
I have my fingers crossed that someone can clear up the mystery of the "I".