The Medal of Honor Ribbon
This page is intended to show various Ribbons
that I have been able to get pictures/Scans of to show the
variety of Medal of Honor Ribbons to help those who don't
know, have not seen what real ones look like.
pictures here came from many sources,
see for info-http://www.cmohs.org/medal-faq.php
It is illegal to
buy, sell, barter, or manufacture any decorations or medals
authorized by Congress for the United States armed
Whoever knowingly purchases, attempts to purchase, solicits
for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports, produces blank
certificates of receipt for, manufactures, sells, attempts
to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters, or exchanges
for anything of value any decoration or medal authorized by
Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any
of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of
such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such
badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation
thereof, except when authorized under regulations made
pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
weaved Stars in the Bar- the top is the one in
current use, the
Stars are 1 sided only
Regular Ribbon: The 1-3/8 inch (35.0 mm) regular bar ribbon shall be woven with 5 stars in a group.
The groups shall be 1-1/4 inch (31.8 mm) apart (center to center)
with a cutting mark centered between each group. The individual
stars in the group shall measure 7/64 inch (2.8 mm) in diameter.
The ribbon shall be arranged on the bar so that the stars form a
letter "M" and 2 rays of each star point downward. The center star
shall be centered on the ribbon width.
Homemade Silk-Screen Ribbon, note the
flatness of the ink/paint and how the covering is not
complete. This is caused either by not enough pressure being
applied as the ink is pushed thru the screen or not enough of
the ink to fill in evenly. The ink sits on top of the material
and due to the ridges may not fill in the lower areas of the
ribbon as shown. Real Ribbon was
never silk-screened .
A Woven Ribbon, corded edges
From a fellow collector
RE: "Real ribbon was never silk-screened." - I don't know how
you define "real" but here's a bit of info you need to know:
In the early 70s, I purchased a MoH ribbon bar in a
Military Clothing Sales Store. It was sealed in the
original GEMSCO packaging and definitely official. The bar was
the standard size and the stars were printed, not embroidered.
BTW, the sale of this ribbon bar, and only this one, was
conditional on my signing a form stating that it was for my
personal use and not for resale.
I was also told
of a "Printed" one, It's an early,
narrow version and plastic-covered, Printed is usually one
Will surprise's never end.
I was going off of mil-spec's,
MIL-DTL-11589-Spec/Std Sheet: 83 Revision E
-15-SEP-1995 is the oldest sheet available on line.
Maybe it was made before mil-spec's or maybe GEMSCO made
it that way as no one cared back then, the same as your
Thus made for the collector market???
So unless there is something printed up from official
sources, it is up in the air as to what is "REAL" to me.
The same as the examples cited above, there is no one
around who was part of the making process nor any data
that I am aware of, so unless a book is written on the
subject that cite all this that will last for some time
for future folks to know, it is all
up in the Air as to "What is Real" by Government
standards, thus the "newer" on below right might have
been accepted due to conditions at the time even though
See this link
for a Embroidered
version-The Smithsonian Institution National Air and
Various woven Types-left to right
Modern made Embroidered [ said to be a recent production
version]- Early Navy Type-Early Army Type Shield Ribbon types,
29mm-28mm, and bar ribbon, 29mm
SHIELD RIBBON: The 2 inch (50.8 mm) shield
ribbon shall be woven with 13 stars in a group. The groups shall
be 3 inches (76.2 mm) apart centered on ribbon width with a
cutting mark centered half way between each group. The stars
shall be 5/32 inch (4.0 mm) in diameter and shall form a triple
chevron of 5, 5, and 3 white stars at right angles to the warp
direction of the ribbon
This is the center -Shield-part where the Medal hangs from, the neck
portion is plain ribbon.
mil-spec ribbon shows Stars on one side only.
Modern made Embroidered
High Resolution pictures to show thread
woven in, Stars on one side only.
Examples of Embroidered Ribbons, non real
Homemade Silk-Screen and Embroidered Ribbons [
made up as a neck piece ]