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Bronze and Silver oak leaf clusters
Bronze and Silver oak leaf clusters

An Oak leaf cluster is a common device which is placed on military awards and decorations to denote those who have received more than one bestowal of a particular decoration. The number of oak leaf clusters typically indicates the second and subsequent award of the decoration. Oak leaf clusters This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Oak leaf clusters This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ...


Most military awards use bronze, silver, and gold oak leaf clusters. The higher ranking oak leaf clusters are issued "in lieu" of a lesser number, allowing a large number of award annotations to fit on a single ribbon. For instance, five bronze oak leaf clusters would be denoted by one silver and five silver by one gold.


The United States military only issues bronze and silver oak leaf clusters. Gold oak leaf clusters were briefly considered as a device for the Air Medal, but this was not adopted by any of the services. The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ...


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Oak leaf cluster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (189 words)
An Oak leaf cluster is a common device which is placed on military awards and decorations to denote those who have received more than one bestowal of a particular decoration.
The higher ranking oak leaf clusters are issued "in lieu" of a lesser number, allowing a large number of award annotations to fit on a single ribbon.
Gold oak leaf clusters were briefly considered as a device for the Air Medal, but this was not adopted by any of the services.
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