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Sunday, October 01, 2017


Comrades in Arms:

Here in our own dearly beloved United States of America, the First Day in the month of May shall be a National Day of Remembrance for the forgotten veterans of the Cold War, with an annual officially scheduled Memorial Service to be held in Arlington National Cemetery.

While investigating some proposed Congressional legislation on the Internet, I accidentally stumbled across H.R. 1968: COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL ACT OF 2011.

I had always thought that the National Defense Service Medal was awarded for service during the Cold War, but it turns out that I was wrong.
National Defense Service Medal
Other veterans have informed me that they served during the Cold War when the National Defense Service Medal was not awarded.

As for me, I have already received my COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE (I spent a year in Germany before going to the old Republic of Viet Nam), but I reckon another medal would just be icing on the cake.

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As it turns out, a Cold War Victory Medal does currently exist, but it is only authorized for veterans of the Cold War who are currently serving in the Louisiana National Guard and the Texas National Guard.

Veterans of the Cold War who are currently serving in the Alaska National Guard may wear the ribbon, but not the medal.

IF and when the award of the Cold War Victory Medal is ever approved for all other veterans, it will be worn after the lowest ranking United States military award, but before any foreign awards.

I already sent a message to the Honorable Steven M. Palazzo, the Republican Congressman representing the Fourth District in Mississippi, urging him to vote in favor of H.R. 1968.

You might wish to contact your own Congressman and express your opinion regarding this matter.

As I wonder and marvel about the possible reasons why our Department of Defense hasn't officially approved awarding the Cold War Victory Medal to all of the military veterans who served honorably throughout all those many long, rather strenuously terrifying tense years of that global thermonuclear Mexican standoff, it occurs to me that the issue is purely political, primarily concerning international diplomatic relations with the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (i.e., the "U.S.S.R.", or in Russian, "C.C.C.P."), which the United States of America may be somewhat reluctant to embarrass by declaring that our side defeated Russia and won a "victory".

Also, now that we American citizens are currently forced to endure life in a genuine totalitarian police state which continues to ignore both, our divinely inspired Constitution of the United States of America, and the unalienable rights of the individual, we really have to question WHO really did win the Cold War?

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Thank you.

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Jerald Terwilliger said...

I would like to mention that there is a companion bill
in the Senate, it is S.402 Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011.

And I would like to say that the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 contains a provision SEC. 581 that would authorize a Cold War Service Medal.

One more thing, the certificate makes no mention of military service, and that anyone who worked for the government during that time period is eligible to receive the certificate. The certificate was instituted in 1998 and only 3.4 million have applied for it, most veterans do not want the certificate. How can you wear a certificate on your chest?

Jerald Terwilliger, National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans

Jerald Terwilliger said...

The Cold War Veterans have long been ignored. It is time to remember, respect and honor them for the sacrifices they made.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a question. Can a Cold War Veteran wear this medal on a tux? For example I am going to the Marine Corps Ball (former Coastie, not USMC) and it is formal wear (but not military uniform). I wonder what the protocol is in this case for veterans who would like to (proudly) display this medal. Thanks. Dave

John Robert Mallernee said...


As an honorably discharged military veteran, you are authorized to wear military decorations on your civilian clothing.


I'm certain the Coast Guard has a regulation very similar to that of the United States Army, "AR-670-1", which specifically authorizes veterans to wear military decorations on civilian clothing.

When at an evening formal affair, when wearing a tuxedo, you should wear the miniature medal(s) on the lapel of your coat or jacket.

But, for parades and/or daytime events, you would wear the full-sized medals on the left breast of your coat or jacket.

Did you know that, as a military veteran, you are also authorized to render a proper MILITARY salute?

You are no longer restricted to merely having to hold your hand over your heart, the way civilians do.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

airgrunt said...

I don't understand why the group is having a debate about wanting a Cold War Service Medal or the National Defense Service Medal. For those whose Cold War service was outside the fairly arbitrary dates now in force, the NDSM should be authorized; other Cold War vets already have it. The CWSM is an entirely different story and a different campaign. Both should be pursued - it doesn't have to be a choice.

Jerald Terwilliger said...

John, I want to thank you for mentioning our annual convention and memorial service to the heroes of the Cold War.

I would like to invite you to join our organization, we
we would love to have your insight and ideas. I invite anyone who might read this blog to join us. We Cold War Veterans are a shrinking block of voters and need to band together to show Congress we still do have the numbers.

Please vist our main website you can also see our memberships website at there you can join and pay your dues by paypal or credit card of print out the application and mail to the the Florida address shown. In either case you will need to send a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of servce to the address in Florida.


Unknown said...

Wearing or Displaying The Cold War Medal

Active Personnel: The Cold War Medal may not be worn on the uniform of active duty US military personnel
Former Personnel: The Cold War Medal may be worn on the uniform of all former service personnel during military Holiday's and celebratory occasions. The Cold War Medal may be displayed in shadow boxes. See the Order of Precedence for wear and display protocol.

JL Walker
Native American
US Army Veteran
Houston, Texas.

Anonymous said...

I served almost 18 years in Europe, and 3 years at sea during the cold war.
Ask any Army Security, USAF Security Service, Naval Security Group personnel
if the "Cold War" was cold ! 347 deaths....EC-121's shot down, USS Liberty
torpedoed, USS Pueblo captured, and on and on. I lost a lot of shipmates
over that time. Spent the Cuban Crisis as a linguist in a bunker/rifle pit
in Gtmo, trained with W. German forces, UK forces, and Spanish forces....
have two (2) awards for National Defense Medals...but I feel that for all
the missed holidays, cold meals, combat rats packed in 1941/42..two years
before I was born ( !), should at least earn me, and others more than a
"Laurel and a Hardy handshake"! There. That's my 2 cents.

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