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Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 10/6/2013 4:10 PM
Family Surname: Sanders
Country: USA
Date of Image: 1948
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My father was a Marine in WWII. He fought in the Battle of Tarawa, and the Battle of Saipan. I don't
have his medals, but I do have this picture which
shows some of them. Can anyone identify them for me?

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10/6/2013 7:26 PM The partially visible award is a Marine Sharpshooter medal.

http://www.usamilitarymedals.com/marine-corps-rifle-sharpshooter-badge-nickel-finish-p-949.html
10/14/2013 8:01 PM The three ribbons, from left to right, look like the edge of a Purple Heart, then the Navy Presidential Unit Citation (which was given to the Marines for heroism at both Tarawa and Saipan), and then what is probably the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, with some form of attachment on it. Attachments could be stars (for multiple actions) or arrowheads (for amphibious assaults). Previous commenter is right that the large metal badges are marksmanship awards. You may be able to get his Form DD214 from the National Personnel Records Center showing all of his medals and awards.
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