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His awards include the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two combat action ribbons, among others.
During his time as a marine, Perry was decorated with the Joint Service Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, three awards of the Good Conduct Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Cuba.
He was awarded two Legions of Merit, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Action Ribbon and various area and foreign decorations.
However, NSO Inns noted the veteran was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, which under VA regulations allow a veteran to establish a claim of entitlement to service connection for a combat-related injury on the basis of lay testimony alone.
Van Riper served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, and his personal decorations include the Silver Star with gold star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" device, Purple Heart, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.
Among his medals and decorations are: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and two gold stars, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation with three bronze stars, the Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Korean Service Medal with one silver star indicative of five bronze stars, the Vietnam Service Medal with one silver star, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with silver star and two palms.
Navy Reserve Age and location: 69, San Francisco Dates of service: 1962-1988 Notable experience: Served as a supply officer in Vietnam; commanding officer of a material transportation office unit; logistics officer for the Military Sealift Command, Pacific Detachment Selected awards: Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal On "don't ask, don't tell": "Not under the current political regime but under the next presidency we will see change.
Huze (born Shannon Hughes Dykes) would see action in Nasiriyah and Tikrit, for which he would receive a Certificate of Commendation and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, a Meritorious Promotion (to corporal), a Presidential Unit Citation, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.