Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Awards and Stuff

One of the perks that came with an assignment to the US Taiwan Defense Command was the receipt of this presentation set. I believe it was officially called The Chinese-American Friendship Medal, or something like that. We just called it the Gemo Medal -- short for Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek.

As I recall, you had to have been assigned to the unit for at least twelve months and have had an unblemished record during that period -- not always an easy task in Taipei.

It was not authorized for wear on the uniform and it didn't help during promotion cycles either. It was just a nice little presentation set that you could keep in a drawer somewhere.

During the 1973-1974 period, enlisted grades of E-7 or above were considered for the Joint Service Commendation Medal at the completion of their tours. Every now and then someone in grade E-6 or below would receive the JSCM, but not often.

I did receive the standard USTDC plaque with a certificate signed by the admiral. I tossed the plaque a few years ago, along with several others, when I needed the closet space they were taking up.


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