How to tell where a US soldier or veteran has served based on their medals
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Medals awarded to Army Master Sgt. Charles McDaniel, who went missing during the Korean War, include several awards from World War II as well as his service in Korea.
- The US military has a host of awards and medals for its service members.
- Some awards, like the Medal of Honor and the Silver and Bronze Star awards, are given to service members who display bravery in combat.
- Others are given for serving in specific operations or even missions - these are known as campaign awards.
- Depending on the medals a service member or veteran wears, it's typically possible to determine which wars or regions of the world they have served in.
- Scroll through to see campaign awards for operations and missions since the Korean War.
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