Lets compare the medals and ribbons issue when John F. Kerry did it in 1971 to an other article from Capt. Norm Olson (US. Navy SEAL Ret.) Then you are the judge.
...This piece was composed by Captain Norm Olson, an old boss of mine, and his explanation of the "ribbons vs. medals" issue is absolutely perfect.
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...Norman H. OlsonCaptain (SEAL), USN, Retired