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--ORIGINAL 1947 WORLD WAR II UNITED STATES CONGRESS KILLED IN ACTION GOLD STAR
PIN-BACK LAPEL BADGE, & BOX.
ACT OF CONGRESS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1. AUGUST 1947
--MAKER: BROOKS & CO. NEW YORK, N.Y.
GOLD STAR LAPEL BUTTON
Much confusion surrounds the significance of the lapel pins given to surviving family members shortly after the interment of their loved one who died while serving honorably in the Armed Forces. Although there may be differences in presentation between the branches of service, there is only one law that governs the procurement, awarding, and wearing of the pins.
The Gold Star Lapel Button was designed and created in 1947 for family members of those who died in combat. It is a gold star on a field of purple surrounded by laurel leaves. Gold Star Lapel Buttons are awarded to surviving family members of service members who have been killed in the specific conflicts listed in the "Information" section on the back of DD Form 3. The award authority is retroactive to World War I, and includes most subsequent conflicts. The law stipulates that only one button is furnished to each recipient, but a request for replacement of the Gold Star Lapel Button (lost, destroyed, or unserviceable) can be submitted on DD Form 3 (Application for Gold Star Lapel Button) to NPRC, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138. If your loved one was killed during the time period of one of these conflicts, but not in the official area of the conflict you would receive the Next of Kin Deceased Personnel Lapel Button.
The following relatives of the deceased are entitled to one or the other of the pins below:
Widow, Widower, Mother, Father, Stepmother/father, Mother/father through adoption, Foster mother/father in loco parentis, Son, Daughter, Stepson/daughter, Son/daughter by adoption, Brother, Sister, Half brother/sister.
Gold Star Lapel Pin
This pin (see pg 457 (k)) is awarded only to the relatives of those killed in specific conflicts listed in the "Information" section on the back of DD Form 3. If your loved one was killed during the time period of one of these conflicts, but not in the official area of the conflict you will receive the Next of Kin Lapel Pin. For example, if, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a service member was assigned to a unit in Germany and was killed in a training accident, you would not be entitled to the Gold Star Lapel Pin.
The Gold Star Lapel Pin was established by Act of Congress (Pub. L. 80-306) on August 1, 1947 to identify widows, parents and next of kin of service members killed in certain operations defined by the law. While enacted after WW II, the award authority is retroactive to WW I, and includes most subsequent conflicts.
The issuance of the Gold Star Lapel Button for the next of kin consists the following time periods: (1) World War I, April 6, 1917 to March 3, 1921; (2) World War II, September 8, 1939 to July 25, 1947; (3) United Nations action in Korea, June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954); (4) After June 30, 1958 (a) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; (b) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; (c) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party against an opposing armed force.
The Department of Defense recognizes the following Operations subsequent to June 30, 1958
Lebanon, July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958 Republic of Vietnam, July 1, 1958 to March 28, 1973 Quemoy and Matsu Islands, August 23, 1958 to June 1, 1963 Taiwan Straits, August 23, 1958 to January 1, 1959 U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations in the Congo, July 14, 1960 to September 1, 1962 U.S. operations of assistance to the Republic of Laos, April 19, 1961 to October 7, 1962 Berlin, August 14, 1961 to June 1, 1963 Cuba, October 24, 1962 to June 1, 1963 Congo, November 23, 1964 to November 27, 1964 Dominican Republic, April 28, 1965 to September 21, 1966 Korea, October 1, 1966 to June 30, 1974 Cambodia, March 29, 1973 to August 15, 1973 Thailand, March 29, 1973 to August 15, 1973 Cambodia, April 11, 1975 to April 13, 1975 Vietnam, April 29, 1975 to April 30, 1975 Mayaguez Operation, May 15, 1975 Lebanon, June 1983 to Grenadan Operation, October 23, 1983 to November 21, 1983 Operation Eldorado Canyon, April 2, 1986 to April 17, 1986 Panama, December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 Desert Shield/Desert Storm, August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 Haiti, September 16, 1994 to March 31, 1995 Somalia, December 5, 1992 to March 31, 1995 Operations in the Persian Gulf, November 30, 1995 to (to be determined) Operations in and around the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, December 20, 1996 to June 20, 1998 and any subsequent operations as may be announced by the Secretary of Defense.