On the right are my awards and decorations as displayed for informal uniform wear, according to the official Order of Preference. While I was on active duty in the army, the army Commendation Medal was higher than the Purple Heart Medal, but now the PH is higher, as shown here. At the top is the Combat Infantrymans Badge, and beneath is the Parachutist Badge. 

As far as I'm concerned, the CIB is my highest award, earned on the battlefield in the company of some of America's finest fighting men.

At  right are the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal. I was awarded the ACM for Achievement, for saving the lives of two soldiers when lightning struck during training.

Officer's aren't eligible for the award of the Good Conduct Medal.  I earned this award prior to receiving my commission, while serving as an enlisted infantry operations and intelligence specialist, MOS 11F20.

At left are the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, which was awarded by the Gov't of South Vietnam.

My VSM has two bronze service stars (not shown), representing two Campaigns I fought--Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI, and the TET69 Counteroffensive.

Below is the Vietnamese Cross Of Gallantry, wtih Palm Unit Citation, awaded the Americal Division and all its troops.

At left is the National Defense Service Medal, and on the right is the Expert Badge, with Rifle and Auto-Rifle bars.

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