“Why didn’t the 5 million Navy and Marine veterans receive their military medals at the end of World War II?
It is true, but there was no plot against the Navy veterans. It was just that brass production and have been diverted to making ammunition for the war effort. Therefore with the exception of military decorations such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart very few campaign medals were manufactured before the end of the war. In fact some of the medals had not even been designed by 1945. So when America’s Navy veterans returned home at the end of the war all they had to show for their campaigns and victory were ribbon bars to ear on their chest. Even then several medals such as the Navy Occupation Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, and that Navy Commendation Medal were not authorized or designed until years after the war. By that time the veteran had returned home and begun the process of returning to civilian life.
The big problem all 14 million American Navy veterans and their families have is there is no single official or unofficial source that describes the meaning and tells the story of their military medals and insignia. Active duty and Reserve personnel face the same problem with information scattered in bits and pieces of hard to find Navy publications. Today that problem is solved! Medals of America Press is proud to publish the Complete Guide to United States Navy Medals, Badges and Insignia, World War II to Present.”