Silver Medal of Valor Questions

Started by shuman14, May 04, 2020, 08:25:56 pm

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shuman14

Just bored and was looking over CAP's Awards online and I'm a little confused about the Silver Medal of Valor.

Found a picture of it online that looks like a neck medallion, I thought it was just a full-size chest medal, which is correct?

I also understand that that three sliver stars are worn on the ribbon to differentiate between the Silver and Bronze Medals of Valor in Ribbon form, but what device(s) is worn for second and subsequent awards?

Has anyone ever been awarded more than one Silver Medal of Valor in the history of the award?
Joseph J. Clune
Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police

USMCR: 1990 - 1992                           USAR: 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - Present     CAP (National Patron) 2013 - Present
INARNG: 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000      Active Army: 2003 - 2005                                       USCGAux: 2004 - Present

shuman14



Not the beast article but here's the neck medallion picture.
Joseph J. Clune
Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police

USMCR: 1990 - 1992                           USAR: 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - Present     CAP (National Patron) 2013 - Present
INARNG: 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000      Active Army: 2003 - 2005                                       USCGAux: 2004 - Present

baronet68

The Bronze Medal of Valor was first, created in 1957, and it was simply known as The Medal of Valor until creation of the Silver Medal of Valor in 1960.  In order to spare the expense of designing an entirely new ribbon and medal, the silver medal was struck in silver using the same dies as the bronze medal.  The same ribbon was used for both with the addition of three silver star attachments on the silver medal's ribbon.

If you'd like to see how you would wear multiples of these awards, I'd recommend you visit the McChord Rack Builder: 
http://www.mcchord.org/rack_builder/

The Historic section of that page is also filled with lots of cool CAP ribbon trivia:
http://www.mcchord.org/rack_builder/historic.asp

Quick edit - it is NOT worn as a neck award, but leave it to creative people with nothing else to do and the result is an unofficial attempt at making the SMOV similar to the US Medal of Honor.
Michael Moore, Maj, CAP
National Recruiting & Retention Manager

MSG Mac

The McChord Ribbon Checker shows multiples of the Silver Medal of Valor being the wear of separate ribbons for each.
Michael P. McEleney
Lt Col CAP
MSG USA (Retired)
50 Year Member

JC004

May 05, 2020, 05:05:43 am #4 Last Edit: May 05, 2020, 05:13:57 am by JC004
The neck version of this is not official.  It was a proposed idea.  It will never likely be a thing.

It looks like this.  You can't buy them.  You can only get one from NHQ/DP.  You made me dig into our curio cabinet of our CAP stuff.... :-P

You'd just add 3 stars to make the ribbon a Silver.


shuman14

Thank you all for your knowledgeable responses.
Joseph J. Clune
Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police

USMCR: 1990 - 1992                           USAR: 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - Present     CAP (National Patron) 2013 - Present
INARNG: 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000      Active Army: 2003 - 2005                                       USCGAux: 2004 - Present

TeamBronx

Here are CAP's full sized medals.  They are generally only worn at the time of presentation.  The Silver Medal of Valor has a silver medallion as well as the three silver stars across the ribbon portion.  The Distinguished Service Medal is the older style.  The Falcon Award is no longer presented. 

The second photo shows a medallion comparison of the old & new DSM Medals.  These are miniature medals.  I do not have a full sized new DSM.

shuman14

So has anyone been awarded more than one Silver Medal of Valor?
Joseph J. Clune
Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police

USMCR: 1990 - 1992                           USAR: 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - Present     CAP (National Patron) 2013 - Present
INARNG: 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000      Active Army: 2003 - 2005                                       USCGAux: 2004 - Present

supertigerCH


wow... I've never actually seen full-sized CAP medals (although word of mouth always said they existed). 

It's interesting to finally see an example of them.

THRAWN

Quote from: supertigerCH on May 06, 2020, 08:39:25 pmwow... I've never actually seen full-sized CAP medals (although word of mouth always said they existed). 

It's interesting to finally see an example of them.

If you look in the regulation, you'll actually see images of them.
Strup
"Belligerent....at times...."
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NSS ISC 05-00
USAF SOS 2000
USAF ACSC 2011
US NWC 2016

baronet68

Quote from: shuman14 on May 06, 2020, 02:09:53 pmSo has anyone been awarded more than one Silver Medal of Valor?

Yes, two people have. 

Jerry Alsum (from Colorado) and Robert Wallace (from California) are the only CAP members to have been awarded the SMOV twice.
Michael Moore, Maj, CAP
National Recruiting & Retention Manager