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My grandfather served aboard the USS Indiana during WWII. I have his military ribbon. Can you tell me what the sections/stars represent? Thanks!

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Hi, there are three ribbons, the blue on is for the American Campaign.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Campaign_Medal

The second is for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic-Pacific_Campaign_Medal

There are 4 stars on it, three bronze and one silver. Each of the bronze stars denotes a campaign he was involved in, could be anything from Solomon Islands, Marianas, Guam, Guadalcanal, Roy-Kwajaline all the way to Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima. You would have to get his records to see exactly what campaigns he was involved in. The large silver star denotes 5 campaigns, so in total, he served in 8 campaigns in the Pacific theater.

The last ribbon is for the Liberation of the Philippines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Liberation_Medal

The star denotes he was involved in two campaigns in the liberation of the Philippines.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesistate to ask and I hope this answers the questions you have.  

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