BRUCE C JOHNSON (JOHNSON@MAIL.LOC.GOV)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 07:30:07 GMT
Well Dave, you got most of your facts about the Exploring awards
right. Let me try to do correct what I can from my admittedly
The Ranger Award was in use from about 1941 to about 1948.
I say about for there was some phase in and phase out time on all
of these awards except Quartermaster. There was neither a square
knot nor a medal for Ranger until 1946, so there are very few of
them around. The Ranger square knot and the Skipper's Key square
knot are usually the last two to find their ways into square knot
collections. (I'm speaking from personal experience here.) My
memory is that the Ranger knot is yellow and green on khaki. I
hear tell that there is a dark green background Ranger knot, but
I've never seen one and am a little skeptical.
Ranger was replaced by the first Silver Award program which
was in use from approx. 1948-53. The first Silver knot was red
and yellow on dark blue (I think). The second Silver Award
program was in use from approx. 1953-62, though BSA began to
phase it out in 1958. The second Silver Award knot was Silver
(or white depending on how to look at it) on a red, white, and
blue background. This knot is now used for all recipients of
Ranger, Silver, and the Explorer Achievement Award.
Ace Award was the highest rank in Air Scouting/Exploring and
was earnable from about 1942-58. The knot was red and blue on a
sky blue background. Very tough to find.
The last (or I should really say, first) Exploring award is
Quartermaster Award, still earnable by Sea Explorings. The award
has been around since about 1928 and to date about 5000 Sea
Scouts have received it. Quartermaster was the only Exploring
rank to have a ribbon bar (solid navy blue). Over the years it
had three difference knots, all concurrently. There was a navy
blue knot on khaki; white on navy blue; and navy blue on white.
The last of these three is still available since the award is
also still earnable. My Ship has produced 5 Eagle Scouts and 2
Quartermasters, all of whom attended our Ship banquet and Bridge
of Honor last night.
Skipper, S.E.S. Columbia Ranger
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