Re: Reqs. for Combat Infantry Badge
Denny - There were two kinds of Bronze Stars that were Medals and another tiny star that was for campaigns. The Medal could be for meretorious Service over a stated period of time or for heroic achievement at a certain time and place. It also told the place where the solder lived. WWII Bronze Stars did not differentiate between the two in appearance. Later, I have been told, a V for valor was added which was attached to the ribbon. But WWII people were not supposed to have that V.
The tiny one (not as big as my little finger nail) went on the campaign ribbon. If the soldier had been in 5 campaigns the 5 tiny bronze stars were replaced with one silver one. If there were more that 5 then a tiny bronze star was added to the silver star on the ribbon for each additional campaign.
Another thing about those General Orders- They were not always written close to the date that the action for which they were awarded took place. And they may have only one name or many and one unit or many. Mary