Meadl of Honor & Such
Thu, 26 May 1994 13:16:58 EDT
On Wed, 25 May 1994 15:24:00 -0600 RYAN KEIL <RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU> wrote:
>The question's been batted around about military awards worn on Scout
>uniforms. I'd have to check to be sure [ and I'm sure someone will now
>that I bring it up ;-) ], but I do believe the Congressional Medal of
>Honor may be worn on the Scout Uniform in the United States.
Ryan, like I said in an earlier post, all military emblems were specifically
proscribed some time between 1980 and 1988. That would "officially" include
the Medal of Honor. Note I said "officially". The wearer would probably
"officially" have to get approval from National to wear it, and they may
restrict wearing it to only some formal civic function, such as meeting the
President as a representative of the Boys Scouts (this is purely conjecture).
Note I said "officially". It's amazing what one will see at a District or
Council recognition dinner, in the way of "formal" or "ceremonial" uniforming
practice. Heck, I'm equally guilty: I picked up a wool leader shirt (late
'60's - early '70's) that I have backdated for my position and rank to 1967
(except for AOL knot which came out in 1979). I wear it to Courts of Honor
and District/Council annual dinners. I also, sometimes, wear a large Vigil
triangle which is hung from a ribbon around the neck. Otherwise, technically
correct uniform shirt for that period. No one has criticized me for it (at
least, to my face :)); rather, some old-timers liked it. I did make the
effort and research to ensure it is quite correct.
And I'm not alone in this Council: a lot of my colleagues like to wear old
uniforms for formal occasions, although some have also assembled correct
field uniform ("Knock-about") shirts of the periods. Makes Scout Shows quite
If someone wore their Congressional Medal of Honor or Purple Heart on THEIR
Scout uniforms during a formal occasion, I would not criticize them, to their
face or OTHERWISE. I would find it highly unlikely that anyone else there
would, either. The recipients of those awards put their butts on the line so
that I could do things like write political statements on SCOUTS-L :), and if
they want to wear the awards, then so be it.
Likewise, if someone is putting together a period piece uniform, it would be
proper to wear ribbon bars and/or one medal suspended from a ribbon (starting
'60's), with no limit to pendant (medals around the neck), along with the
Now, I firmly believe in correct uniforming: if you are wearing one, it
should be right. That would mean getting rid of those illegal District
patches from the right sleeve, and eliminating that row of Quality Unit award
patches. You won't catch me dead in an incorrect tan shirted field uniform.
This is all part of setting the example. But I would have to pick and choose
the occasion if I wanted to point out errors in uniforming practice.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream
Council(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237 Eagle Scout (1971)Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo
#457)(Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
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