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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 35, August 29, 2010, Article 12

MORE ON SUSAN GAMBLE'S AIR FORCE COMBAT ACTION MEDAL

Last week's profile of U.S. Mint artist Susan Gamble mentioned that she designed the first Air Force Combat Action Medal. The first six medals were awarded on June 12, 2007.

Joe Boling writes:

You can get an image of the Air Force Combat Action Medal here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Combat_Action_Medal . And check out the description there of the difficulty of obtaining the ribbon style used for this medal.

From Wikipedia:

Air_Force_Combat_Action_Medal_set The ribbon's diagonal stripe at first could not be manufactured in the United States; but military medals cannot be manufactured outside the U.S. This design problem was resolved when a mill in Pennsylvania, Bally Ribbon Mills, bought a new loom specifically to weave the diagonal stripe. A Rhode Island firm, Ira Green Inc. in Providence, made the metal parts.[2]

The medal is the only award of the United States military to have a diagonally patterned ribbon, much like various British awards (such as the Distinguished Flying Cross).

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ARTICLE PROFILES U.S. MINT ARTIST SUSAN GAMBLE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n34a25.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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