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The citation read, "As a career Marine Corps officer, you excelled as a platoon commander in Vietnam, where you earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with combat "V", two Purple Hearts, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
He was deployed to Iraq with Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and earned the Combat Action Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation.
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.
Gonzalez's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
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.
Selected awards: Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal