Columbia, SC — Seven Marines were killed in a Nevada military training site recently and now two more in a shooting at Quantico, and what did they get for their sacrifice? There are no medals for injuries or death in a non-combat situation.
Back in the 1990s I designed the “Peace Heart Medal.” It was to be used in place of a Purple Heart, which is for combat situations. The medal had a dove carrying an olive branch in gold over a white stone for purity like the Purple Heart. The ribbon was white with two red lines on each side and a blue center one, with stars running down it representing the U.S. flag.
Congressman Floyd Spence proposed legislation that passed and was signed by President Clinton. But the Department of Defense said it had enough medals to cover all situations. Of course that was a lie. After four years of trying, our military personnel and their families were left with nothing to honor their sacrifice.
As a Marine Vietnam veteran and former 60-mortar squad leader wounded five times in that war, I find this sad. My sympathies go out to the families.
Gregory J. Topliff