Monday, December 28, 2015

Military Monday: Dad's Other Service Medals

My dad Frederick Henry Pape's DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, lists three other medals I was not aware he had received.  I'll have to ask Dad if he actually ever received the physical medals.  Here are photos and edited descriptions from the Air Force Personnel Center web site.


Korean Service Medal  (photo above by Mr. Steve White)

Background
The Korean Service Medal was established by President Truman per Executive Order 10179, dated 8 November 1950.... The design, created by Mr. Thomas J. Jones, uses the symbols associated with Korea to reflect service in that country.

Criteria
The Korean Service Medal was awarded for service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954...

Medal Description
On a Bronze medal, ... a Korean gateway, encircled by the inscription Korean Service. On the reverse (pictured above left) is the Korean symbol taken from the center of the Korean National flag with the inscription United States Of America and a spray of oak and laurel encircling the design.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consisting of [narrow white stripes alternating with wide light blue stripes].



National Defense Service Medal (photo above by Mr. Steve White)

Background

This medal was authorized by Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953, and amended by Executive Order 11256, Jan. 11, 1966.

Criteria
It is awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the armed forces of the United States including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954, (Korean War), between Jan. 1, 1961 and Aug. 14, 1974, (Vietnam War), between Aug. 2, 1990 to Nov. 30, 1995 (operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), and currently from Sept. 11, 2001 to a date to be determined (terrorism attacks on the United States). Service members who earned the medal during the first qualifying period, and who again became entitled to the medal, wear a bronze star on the ribbon to denote the second award of the medal.

Medal Description
The medal was designed by the Army of Heraldic Section. The obverse shows the American bald eagle perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription "National Defense." The reverse [small photo above left] shows a shield, as it appears in the Great Seal of the United States; it is half encircled below with an oak leaf to the left and laurel spray to the right knotted in the center.

Ribbon Description

The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by four narrow stripes of red, white, blue, and white and wide red stripes. 

United Nations Service Medal

Background
This medal was authorized by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 12, 1950. The Department of Defense authorized it for the United States armed forces on Nov. 27, 1951.

Criteria
It is awarded to officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States who participated in the action in Korea between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954. This medal is awarded for any period of time spent in combat.

Medal Description
The medal, in bronze alloy, was designed within the United Nations, along the lines of British medals. The obverse [pictured at left] shows the emblem of the United Nations--a polar projection map of the world taken from the North Pole, encircled by olive branches. The reverse of the medal [pictured below] has the inscription "For Service in Defense of the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations" set in five centered lines. The outer edge is a raised rim. A bar which is permanently attached to the medal, and through which the ribbon passes, has the word "Korea" centered thereon.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon has seventeen equal alternate stripes of pale blue and white with blue at each edge.



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Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Merry Christmas!


Christmas morning, 1964, 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas - my family's first Christmas in this house.  That's me sitting on the far right.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Eve

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for today (the last day!) is:  December 24 – Christmas Eve 

Christmas Eve 1966, 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas - after Santa came


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - The Meaning of Christmas

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.


The prompt for December 23 – The Meaning of Christmas
From the "Away in a Manger" display of a private collection of (then) 
over 700 Nativity scenes from all over the world, during the December 
2011 Candlelight Tour of Homes in Granbury, Texas


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Homecoming

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 22 – Christmas Homecoming
Christmas 1968, 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas.  Clockwise from me (Amanda)
 at the upper left are Karen, Mark, Mary, and Brian.  

Mom (Gerrie Pape) made the jumpers my sisters and I are wearing.  At first I wasn't sure if this was taken in 1968 or 1969, because the roll of slide film it was on was not processed until January 1970, but comparison with pictures from other years dates it at 1968, based on where the tree is placed in the living room.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Wishes

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 21 – Christmas Wishes
Very out-of-focus family photo from Christmas 1966, 8015 Sharpview, 
Houston, Texas.  Clockwise from Dad (Fred Pape) on the far left: 
Mom (Gerrie Guokas Pape), me (Amanda), Mark, Mary, Brian, and Karen.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Parties

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 20 – Christmas Parties
You can't have a holiday party without food!  Above, the treats at my book club holiday party, 2015


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Gifts

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 19 – Christmas Gifts
Christmas gifts from 2010, with the Advent wreath Eric made on the left
 and the snow globe Nativity scene from Nana on the right.


Normally by this point, I'd have my parents' Blurb blog books done, as I have the past couple years.  Alas, there have been too many distractions this year, some good ones, and some not so good, and the books are not finished.  Looks like my parents won't get them until mid-January at the earliest.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo - if possible.  Today is one of those days when I'm going to add a Christmas-themed photo totally unrelated to the prompt - just because it's an old photo from my family history!

The prompt for December 18 – Christmas Baking

My siblings and I, Christmas 1967, 8015 Sharpview, Houston Texas. 
 I'm the tallest, clockwise from me are Mark, Mary, Brian, and Karen


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Stories

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for  December 17 – Christmas Stories

An author who lives nearby, Lori Wilde, writes romance novels set in the mythical town of Twilight, Texas - which is based on my home of Granbury.  The latest book in the series is set at Christmastime - which makes it a Christmas story, right?

My review of the book is here.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.

© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Travel

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 16 – Christmas Travel  
Looks like my sister Karen and I are going someplace, 
with the new overnight suitcases we received at Christmas 1965,
 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Tree Ornaments

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.


The prompt for December 15 – Christmas Tree Decorations


Above are the front and back of a tree ornament my parents gave to me.  The ATM stand for my undergraduate college, Texas A&M University.  "Gig 'Em" is one of the school slogans, and the school colors are maroon and white.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Cookies

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 14 – Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies from my cousin Terrie, received December 11, 2015


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas at School

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 13 – Christmas at School


Program from "Christmas - A Festival of Nations" musical presentation by the choir of St. Francis de Sales School, Houston, Texas, December 18-19, 1968.  I still remember some of these songs.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sibling Saturday: Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo - if possible.  Today is one of those days when I'm going to add a Christmas-themed photo totally unrelated to the prompt - just because it's an old photo from my family history!


The prompt for December 12 – Fruitcake - Friend or Foe?
I guess this is kind of a fruitcake family picture.  Christmas 1966 at 
8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas.  My aunt, Sister Jean Marie (Jo Ann)
Guokas, is the adult, I (Amanda) am the one holding the baton.  
My siblings by size are Karen, Mark, Brian, and Mary.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas at Church

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.


The prompt for December 11 – Christmas at Church

Sunset at Chapel on the Bosque, Stephenville Museum, 
Stephenville, Texas, January 28, 2015, 5:46 pm


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Traditions

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for  December 10 – Christmas Traditions.

I suppose you could say a family photo in front of the Christmas tree was one of our family traditions:
Another awkward family photo in front of the Christmas tree in 1965, when we were living at 8015 Sharpview in Houston.  The nun standing in the back is my maternal aunt, Sister Jean Marie (Jo Ann) Guokas.  The kids from the left are me (Amanda) and my siblings Mark, Brian, and Karen holding Mary.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December!  Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Crafts

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 9 – Christmas Crafts
Cinnamon dough ornaments made by my son Eric in elementary school.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Shopping

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for December 8 – Christmas Shopping
I'm not too fond of shopping, but I do enjoy wrapping the gifts!  These are from Christmas 2010.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Mystery Monday

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo - if possible.  Today is one of those days when I'm going to add a Christmas-themed photo totally unrelated to the prompt - just because it's an old photo from my family history!

The prompt for December 7 – Christmas Television and Movies
Awkward family photo from Christmas 1965 at 8015 Sharpview in Houston, Texas.  From left, siblings Brian, Mark, and Mary standing in front of Mom (Geraldine Guokas Pape), Dad (Frederick Henry Pape) holding baby sister Mary, and me.  The mystery - why are we all making faces?


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Santa Claus

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past six years (2009 through 2014), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as the last two years.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done (like gift books for my parents made out of the previous years' blog posts), I'm going to link to the appropriate post from 2014 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt title, and add a relevant photo.

The prompt for today is:  December 6 – Santa Claus


The photo at left is of one of the Santa Claus decorations put on light poles in city parking lots (at the convention center, the boat ramp, etc.) in my town of Granbury, Texas.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December!  
Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


© Amanda Pape - 2015 - click here to e-mail me.